AUTHORMasco, Joseph
TITLEThe Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico
PUBLISHERPrinceton University Press
CITYPrinceton, NJ
DATE PUBLISHED2006
ISBN978-0-691-12076-8


This book addresses the sociological and cultural impact of the Manhattan Project and its legacies on the people that live in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and its surroundings. The author, a cultural anthropologist, contends that the obsession with nuclear holocaust during the Cold War masked the sociological effects of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex. He attempts to uncover those effects by presenting how various groups including scientists, native Americans, and anti-nuclear activists viewed and argued the concept of national security as related to nuclear weapons. The book is divided into two major sections entitled Everyday Life in the Plutonium Economy and National Insecurities.


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