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Life exposed [electronic resource] : biological citizens after Chernobyl /
Adriana Petryna.
edition
New ed. / with a new introduction by the author.
imprint
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2013]
description
xxxvii, 264 pages ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0691151660 (pbk.), 9780691151663 (pbk.)
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2013]
isbn
0691151660 (pbk.)
9780691151663 (pbk.)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Previous ed.: 2002.
catalogue key
9872046
 
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-251) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
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: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects and the coeditor of When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health (both Princeton).
Reviews
Review Quotes
"There is nothing comparable. Very well written, it will be of major interest to readers in risk analysis and risk sociology, science studies, and political science, as well as to anyone interested in the consequences of megatechnologies."-- Ulrich Beck, author of World at Risk
Winner of the 2006 New Millenium Award, Society of Medical Anthropology Co-Winner of the 2003 Sharon Stephens First Book Prize, American Ethnological Society
Winner of the 2006 New Millenium Award, Society of Medical Anthropology Joint Winner of the 2003 Sharon Stephens First Book Award, American Ethnological Society
"The book presents exceptionally rich anthropological material generated through observations and interviews. . . . The true scope of the human tragedy caused by this man-made catastrophe comes to the fore via biological stories of Petrynas informants."-- Larissa Remennick, Journal of the American Medical Association
The book presents exceptionally rich anthropological material generated through observations and interviews. . . . The true scope of the human tragedy caused by this man-made catastrophe comes to the fore via biological stories of Petryna's informants. -- Larissa Remennick, Journal of the American Medical Association
There is nothing comparable. Very well written, it will be of major interest to readers in risk analysis and risk sociology, science studies, and political science, as well as to anyone interested in the consequences of megatechnologies.
Petryna's ethnographic approach consciously shapes her account and illuminates it with detail that historians of the future will treasure. -- Jeanne Guillemin, Medical Humanities Review
The book presents exceptionally rich anthropological material generated through observations and interviews. . . . The true scope of the human tragedy caused by this man-made catastrophe comes to the fore via biological stories of Petryna's informants.
[Chernobyl] is a dramatic and important story, andLife Exposedis a compelling book. . . . [A]n important study that will interest a wide anthropological audience. -- Jonathan P. Parry, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Petryna's ethnographic approach consciously shapes her account and illuminates it with detail that historians of the future will treasure.
"Petrynas ethnographic approach consciously shapes her account and illuminates it with detail that historians of the future will treasure."-- Jeanne Guillemin, Medical Humanities Review
[Chernobyl] is a dramatic and important story, andLife Exposedis a compelling book. . . . [A]n important study that will interest a wide anthropological audience.
"[Chernobyl] is a dramatic and important story, and Life Exposed is a compelling book. . . . [A]n important study that will interest a wide anthropological audience."-- Jonathan P. Parry, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
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Summaries
Main Description
Winner of the 2006 New Millennium Book Award, Society for Medical Anthropology Life Exposed has been the standard-bearer in the anthropology of disaster and environmental crisis since it was first published in 2002-and it remains the most comprehensive examination of the complex political, scientific, and social circumstances that followed the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine. Tracing the story from initial secrecy to post-Soviet attempts to compensate sufferers, Adriana Petryna takes readers into a world whose realities are far more stark than those described by policymakers and scientists. She asks: What happens to politics when government officials fail to inform citizens of real threats to life? And what are the moral and political consequences of remedies available in the wake of technological disasters? In a new introduction, Petryna reflects on the lessons of Chernobyl's "biological citizens" for recent disasters such as Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident, and shows how a social science of survival can orient knowledge and future response. Book jacket.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A comprehensive examination of the vexed political, scientific and social circumstances that followed the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Through extensive research in state institutions, clinics and laboratories, and with affected families, Adriana Petryna illustrates how the event and its aftermath have not only shaped the course of a nation but have made health a negotiated realm of entitlement.
Main Description
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
Back Cover Copy
"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
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tablesp. xi
Introduction to the 2013 Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxxiii
Note on Transliterationp. xxxvii
Life Politics after Chernobylp. 1
Time Lapsep. 1
A Technogenic Catastrophep. 9
Nation Buildingp. 20
Experimental Systemsp. 25
Docta Ignorantiap. 27
The Unstoppable Course of Radiation Illnessp. 32
Technical Error: Measures of Life and Riskp. 34
A Foreign Burdenp. 34
Saturated Gridp. 36
Institute of Biophysics, Moscowp. 39
Soviet-American Cooperationp. 41
Safe Living Politicsp. 49
Life Sciencesp. 55
Risk In Vivop. 59
Chernobyl in Historical Lightp. 63
How to Remember Thenp. 64
New City of Bila-Skalap. 66
Vitaliip. 67
Contracts of Truthp. 69
Oksanap. 70
Annap. 72
Requiem for Storytellingp. 76
Illness as Work: Human Market Transitionp. 82
City of Sufferersp. 82
Capitalist Transitionp. 92
Nothing to Buy and Nothing to Sellp. 94
Medical-Labor Committeesp. 102
Disability Claimsp. 107
Illness for Lifep. 113
Biological Citizenshipp. 115
Remediation Modelsp. 115
Normalizing Catastrophep. 119
Suffering and Medical Signsp. 121
Domestic Neurologyp. 126
Disability Groupsp. 130
Law, Medicine, and Corruptionp. 138
Material Basis of Healthp. 143
Local Science and Organic Processesp. 149
Social Rebuildingp. 149
Radiation Researchp. 151
Between the Lesional and the Psychosocialp. 156
New Socialityp. 165
Doctor-Patient Relationsp. 174
No One Is Hiding Anything Anymorep. 176
In the Middle of the Experimentp. 181
Self and Social Identity in Transitionp. 191
Anton and Haliap. 191
Beyond the Family: Kvartyra and Public Voicep. 194
Medicalized Selvesp. 201
Everyday Violencep. 206
Lifetimep. 212
Conclusionp. 215
Notesp. 221
Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 253
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