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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Chapter 1: The enlightened Earth: The nuclear state of emergency -- Radioactive nation-building -- The nuclear uncanny -- "A multidimensional, nonlinear, complex system" --
Part I: Everyday life in the plutonium economy --

Chapter 2: Nuclear technoaesthetics: the sensory politics of the bomb in Los Alamos -- The bomb's future -- Above-ground testing (1945-1962): Tactility and the nuclear sublime --
Underground testing (1963-1992): embracing complexity, fetishizing production -- Science-based stockpile stewardship (1995-2010): Virtual bombs and prosthetic senses -- Of bombs and bodies in the plutonium economy --

Chapter 3: Econationalisms: First Nations in the plutonium economy -- Ecologies of place -- The New World: 1942/1992 -- Mirrors and appropriations: The secret societies of the Pajarito Plateau -- explosive testing -- Nuclear Nations: The Sovereignty of Nuclear Waste -- Econationalisms in the plutonium economy --

Chapter 4: Radioactive nation-building in northern New Mexico: a nuclear Maquiladora? -- Radioactive death trucks -- On invasion and illegitimacy -- LANL: A nuclear Maquiladora? --
Nuevomexicano futures in the plutonium economy --

Chapter 5: Backtalking to the national fetish: the rise of antinuclear activism in Santa Fe -- The post-Cold War moment -- The psychic toxicity of plutonium -- Anti-antinuclear activists -- What Is a "new" nuclear weapon? -- Los Alamos: Ground zero of the peace movement --

PART II: National insecurities: Chapter 6: Lie detectors: on secrets and hypersecurity in Los Alamos: What Is a nuclear secret? -- On racial profiling -- Hypersecurity measures --
The "new normal"
Of Men and Ants 293
Nuclear Test Subjects 302
The Wildlife/Sacrifice Zone 311
Environmental sentinels, or the militarization of the honey bee --
The social logics of mutation -- Chapter 8: Epilogue: The nuclear borderlands.

Chapter 7: Mutant ecologies: radioactive life in post-Cold War New Mexico: Of men and ants -- Nuclear test subjects --
The wildlife/sacrifice zone -- Environmental sentinels, or the militarization of the honey bee -- The social logics of mutation -- Chapter 8: Epilogue: The nuclear borderlands.

The Nuclear Borderlands explores the sociocultural fallout of twentieth-century America's premier technoscientific project--the atomic bomb. Joseph Masco offers the first anthropological study of the long-term consequences of the Manhattan Project for the people that live in and around Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the first atomic bomb, and the majority of weapons in the current U.S. nuclear arsenal, were designed. Masco examines how diverse groups--weapons scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, neighboring Pueblo Indian Nations and Nuevomexicano communities, and antinuclear activists--have engaged the U.S. nuclear weapons project in the post-Cold War period, mobilizing to debate and redefine what constitutes "national security." In a pathbreaking ethnographic analysis, Masco argues that the U.S. focus on potential nuclear apocalypse during the Cold War obscured the broader effects of the nuclear complex on American society. The atomic bomb, he demonstrates, is not just the engine of American technoscientific modernity; it has produced a new cognitive orientation toward everyday life, provoking cross-cultural experiences of what Masco calls a "nuclear uncanny." Revealing how the bomb has reconfigured concepts of time, nature, race, and citizenship, the book provides new theoretical perspectives on the origin and logic of U.S. national security culture. The Nuclear Borderlands ultimately assesses the efforts of the nuclear security state to reinvent itself in a post-Cold War world, and in so doing exposes the nuclear logic supporting the twenty-first-century U.S. war on terrorism.

J.I. Staley Prize, 2014

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