AUTHORHecht, Gabrielle
TITLEBeing Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade
PUBLISHERMIT Press
CITYCambridge, MA
DATE PUBLISHED2012
ISBN978-0-262-01726-8


In showing the importance of uranium in the economics, politics, culture, and environment of Africa, this book shows how imperialism can be seen as "deeply and lastingly woven into the fabric of the nuclear age" (preface). Drawing on dozens of interviews in five countries as well as many other primary and secondary sources, the author analyzes the relationship between “developing nations” and “nuclear powers," providing an African perspective on the global influence of nuclear physics and its applications. The first part of the book traces the path of uranium from Africa to global markets. The second part focuses on the impact of uranium mining and ore processing on African workers. Throughout the book the author attempts to answer the question of what it means for a nation, an object, an industry, or a workplace to be “nuclear."


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