Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade, Gabrielle Hecht

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Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade, Gabrielle Hecht

We tend to understand the nuclear age as a historical break, a geopolitical and technological rupture. In Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade (MIT Press, 2012), Gabrielle Hecht transforms this understanding by arguing instead that nuclearity is a process, a phenomenon, a property distributed among and across objects. In this multi-sited study of several localities in Africa, Hecht weaves together narratives of atomic history, African history, and the histories of mining, economies, and health.

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