Being nuclear : Africans and the global uranium trade
In Part I, she, describes the role of political economic affairs on two potential status allocations for uranium — exceptional and banal. After WWII and during the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union treated nuclear things with the utmost care and protection — nuclear things became profane, fetishized, and revered. As nuclear knowledge proliferated, technicians discovered atomic power could be utilized for civilian purposes, thus portraying a less sinister, but still unique status to nuclear things.
However, because nuclear things had the potential of mass destruction, first world national powers such as the U. Hecht uses a concept borrowed from sociology called market devices to show how African uranium became a banal commodity.
Hecht argues that these devices e. The books not only promoted future uranium exploration, but according to Hecht, the books also changed ways geologists spoke and thought about uranium.
Hecht, Gabrielle. 2012. Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade.
Being Nuclear shows that not even, seemingly, stable scientific elements, such as uranium, are immune from global politics. Market Devices. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub. Become a member. Sign in. Get started.
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