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The Nuclear Borderlands:
The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico
Joseph Masco

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations vii
Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1: THE ENLIGHTENED EARTH 1
The Nuclear State of Emergency 5
Radioactive Nation-building 18
The Nuclear Uncanny 27
"A Multidimensional, Nonlinear, Complex System" 35

PART I: EVERYDAY LIFE IN THE PLUTONIUM ECONOMY 41

Chapter 2: NUCLEAR TECHNOAESTHETICS: THE SENSORY POLITICS OF THE BOMB IN LOS ALAMOS 43
The Bomb's Future 46
Above-ground Testing (1945-1962): Tactility and the Nuclear Sublime 55
Underground Testing (1963-1992): Embracing Complexity, Fetishizing Production 68
Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship (1995-2010): Virtual Bombs and Prosthetic Senses 78
Of Bombs and Bodies in the Plutonium Economy 96

Chapter 3: ECONATIONALISMS: FIRST NATIONS IN THE PLUTONIUM ECONOMY 99
Ecologies of Place 101
The New World: 1942/1992 112
Mirrors and Appropriations: The Secret Societies of the Pajarito Plateau 119
Explosive Testing 132
Nuclear Nations: The Sovereignty of Nuclear Waste 144
Econationalisms in the Plutonium Economy 156

Chapter 4: RADIOACTIVE NATION-BUILDING IN NORTHERN NEW MEXICO: A NUCLEAR MAQUILADORA? 160
Radioactive Death Trucks 162
On Invasion and Illegitimacy 179
LANL: A Nuclear Maquiladora? 197
Nuevomexicano Futures in the Plutonium Economy 213

Chapter 5: BACKTALKING TO THE NATIONAL FETISH: THE RISE OF ANTINUCLEAR ACTIVISM IN SANTA FE 215
The Post-Cold War Moment 219
The Psychic Toxicity of Plutonium 228
Anti-antinuclear Activists 237
What Is a "New" Nuclear Weapon? 244
Los Alamos: Ground Zero of the Peace Movement 256

PART II: NATIONAL INSECURITIES 261

Chapter 6: LIE DETECTORS: ON SECRECTS AND HYPERSECURITY IN LOS ALAMOS 263
What Is a Nuclear Secret? 265
On Racial Profiling 272
Hypersecurity Measures 278
The "New Normal" 283

Chapter 7: MUTANT ECOLOGIES: RADIOACTIVE LIFE IN POST-COLD WAR NEW MEXICO 289
Of Men and Ants 293
Nuclear Test Subjects 302
The Wildlife/Sacrifice Zone 311
Environmental Sentinels, or the Militarization of the Honey Bee 316
The Social Logics of Mutation 324

Chapter 8: EPILOGUE: THE NUCLEAR BORDERLANDS 328

Notes 339
References 375
Index 413

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