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Life Exposed: Biological Citizens After Chernobyl (New in Paper) (In-Formation)

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On April 26, 1986, Unit Four of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in then Soviet Ukraine. More than 3.5 million people in Ukraine alone, not to mention many citizens of surrounding countries, are still suffering the effects. Life Exposed is the first book to comprehensively examine the vexed political, scientific, and social circumstances that followed the disaster. Tracing the story from an initial lack of disclosure to post-Soviet democratizing attempts to compensate sufferers, Adriana Petryna uses anthropological tools to take us into a world whose social realities are far more immediate and stark than those described by policymakers and scientists. She asks: What happens to politics when state officials fail to inform their fellow citizens of real threats to life? What are the moral and political consequences of remedies available in the wake of technological disasters?

Through extensive research in state institutions, clinics, laboratories, and with affected families and workers of the so-called Zone, Petryna illustrates how the event and its aftermath have not only shaped the course of an independent nation but have made health a negotiated realm of entitlement. She tracks the emergence of a "biological citizenship" in which assaults on health become the coinage through which sufferers stake claims for biomedical resources, social equity, and human rights. Life Exposed provides an anthropological framework for understanding the politics of emergent democracies, the nature of citizenship claims, and everyday forms of survival as they are interwoven with the profound changes that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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"An ethnographic triumph. Life Exposed is as powerful an analysis of national technical processes of managing risks as I have ever read. Yet it is also a moving meditation on the aftermath of disaster, including the moral and medical morass faced by those who negotiate its world of disability."--Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University

About the Author

Adriana Petryna is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of "When Experiments Travel" and the coauthor of "Global Pharmaceuticals".

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables xi

Introduction to the 2013 Edition xiii

Acknowledgments xxxiii

Note on Transliteration xxxvii

Chapter 1 Life Politics after Chernobyl 1

  • Time Lapse 1
  • A Technogenic Catastrophe 9
  • Nation Building 20
  • Experimental Systems 25
  • Docta Ignorantia 27
  • The Unstoppable Course of Radiation Illness 32

Chapter 2 Technical Error: Measures of Life and Risk 34

  • A Foreign Burden 34
  • Saturated Grid 36
  • Institute of Biophysics, Moscow 39
  • Soviet-American Cooperation 41
  • Safe Living Politics 49
  • Life Sciences 55
  • Risk In Vivo 59

Chapter 3 Chernobyl in Historical Light 63

  • How to Remember Then 64
  • New City of Bila-Skala 66
  • Vitalii 67
  • Contracts of Truth 69
  • Oksana 70
  • Anna 72
  • Requiem for Storytelling 76

Chapter 4 Illness as Work: Human Market Transition 82

  • City of Sufferers 82
  • Capitalist Transition 92
  • Nothing to Buy and Nothing to Sell 94
  • Medical-Labor Committees 102
  • Disability Claims 107
  • Illness for Life 113

Chapter 5 Biological Citizenship 115

  • Remediation Models 115
  • Normalizing Catastrophe 119
  • Suffering and Medical Signs 121
  • Domestic Neurology 126
  • Disability Groups 130
  • Law, Medicine, and Corruption 138
  • Material Basis of Health 143

Chapter 6 Local Science and Organic Processes 149

  • Social Rebuilding 149
  • Radiation Research 151
  • Between the Lesional and the Psychosocial 156
  • New Sociality 165
  • Doctor-Patient Relations 174
  • No One Is Hiding Anything Anymore 176
  • In the Middle of the Experiment 181

Chapter 7 Self and Social Identity in Transition 191

  • Anton and Halia 191
  • Beyond the Family: Kvartyra and Public Voice 194
  • Medicalized Selves 201
  • Everyday Violence 206
  • Lifetime 212

Chapter 8 Conclusion 215

Notes 221

Bibliography 239

Index 253

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691151663
Author:
Petryna, Adriana
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Biological Sciences.
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone. 2 line illus. 2 tables. 2 ma
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Engineering » Civil Engineering » General
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
History and Social Science » Russia » Soviet States Post 1985
History and Social Science » Social Science » Disasters and Disaster Relief
History and Social Science » Sociology » Disease and Health Issues
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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