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    DescriptionUranium from Africa has long been a major source of fuel for nuclear power and atomic weapons, including the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. In 2003, after the infamous "yellow cake from Niger," Africa suddenly became notorious as a source of uranium, a component of nuclear weapons. But did that admit Niger, or any of Africa's other uranium-producing countries, to the select society of nuclear states? Does uranium itself count as a nuclear thing? In this book, Gabrielle Hecht lucidly probes the question of what it means for something--a state, an object, an industry, a workplace--to be "nuclear." Hecht shows that questions about being nuclear--a state that she calls "nuclearity"--lie at the heart of today's global nuclear order and the relationships between "developing nations" (often former colonies) and "nuclear powers" (often former colonizers). Hecht enters African nuclear worlds, focusing on miners and the occupational hazard of radiation exposure. Could a mine be a nuclear workplace if (as in some South African mines) its radiation levels went undetected and unmeasured? With this book, Hecht is the first to put Africa in the nuclear world, and the nuclear world in Africa. By doing so, she remakes our understanding of the nuclear age.

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    Being Nuclear
    Africans and the Global Uranium Trade
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Gabrielle Hecht
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    ISBN 13: 9780262017268
    ISBN 10: 0262017261

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    LC classification: HD9539.U72 A43 2012
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    Illustrations note
    53 b&w photos
    MIT Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    MIT Press
    Publication date
    03 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass.
    Author Information
    Gabrielle Hecht is Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She is the author of The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (MIT Press).
    Review quote
    Hecht has written the first history of nuclear Africa which, given the importance of the subject and the obstacles she faced, is a major achievement. -- Jock McCulloch, Journal of African History Not only does the book stand out as one of the most comprehensive attempts to study the history of uranium mining in Africa, it also caters to an expansive academic audience -- from historians of science and technology and sociologists and anthropologists of science, to those taking a broader interest in labour rights, public health issues and mining corporations. -- Jayita Sarkar The British Journal for the History of Science