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The Nuclear Peninsula - Francoise Zonabend

The Nuclear Peninsula

Hardcover Published: 28th May 1993
ISBN: 9780521413213
Number Of Pages: 152

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A quiet French country district is the site of a nuclear waste-processing plant. Francoise Zonabend describes the ways in which those working in the plant, and living nearby, come to terms with the risks in their daily lives. She provides a superb sociology of the nuclear work-place, with its divisions and hierarchies, and explains the often unexpected responses of the workers to the fear of radiation and contamination. The work is described euphemistically in terms of women's tasks - cleaning, cooking, preparing a soup - but the male workers subvert this language to create a more satisfying self-image. They divide workers into the cautious ('rentiers') and the bold ('kamikazes') who relish danger. By analysing work practices and the language of the work-place, the author shows how workers and locals can recognise the possibility of nuclear catastrophe while, at the same time, denying that it could ever happen to them. This is a major contribution to the anthropology of modern life.

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'Zonabend has written an unusually interesting book about the climate around these places ...' Patrick Wright, The Guardian

List of illustrations
Preface: Once there was a landscape ...
List of abbreviations
Introduction: talking nuclear
Nuclear Landscapes
La Hague or the nuclear zone
The nuclear setting
The politics of nuclear power
The Nuclear People
The nuclear site: an inventory of fixtures
Learning the nuclear ropes
The nuclear everyday; Conclusion: the ultimate subject - man
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ISBN: 9780521413213
ISBN-10: 0521413214
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 28th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.4

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