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Life Exposed:
Biological Citizens after Chernobyl
Adriana Petryna
With a new introduction by the author

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Figures and Tables xi
Introduction to the 2013 Edition xiii
Acknowledgments xxxiii
Note on Transliteration xxxvii

Chapter 1 Life Politics after Chernobyl 1

  • Time Lapse 1
  • A Technogenic Catastrophe 9
  • Nation Building 20
  • Experimental Systems 25
  • Docta Ignorantia 27
  • The Unstoppable Course of Radiation Illness 32

Chapter 2 Technical Error: Measures of Life and Risk 34

  • A Foreign Burden 34
  • Saturated Grid 36
  • Institute of Biophysics, Moscow 39
  • Soviet-American Cooperation 41
  • Safe Living Politics 49
  • Life Sciences 55
  • Risk In Vivo 59

Chapter 3 Chernobyl in Historical Light 63

  • How to Remember Then 64
  • New City of Bila-Skala 66
  • Vitalii 67
  • Contracts of Truth 69
  • Oksana 70
  • Anna 72
  • Requiem for Storytelling 76

Chapter 4 Illness as Work: Human Market Transition 82

  • City of Sufferers 82
  • Capitalist Transition 92
  • Nothing to Buy and Nothing to Sell 94
  • Medical-Labor Committees 102
  • Disability Claims 107
  • Illness for Life 113

Chapter 5 Biological Citizenship 115

  • Remediation Models 115
  • Normalizing Catastrophe 119
  • Suffering and Medical Signs 121
  • Domestic Neurology 126
  • Disability Groups 130
  • Law, Medicine, and Corruption 138
  • Material Basis of Health 143

Chapter 6 Local Science and Organic Processes 149

  • Social Rebuilding 149
  • Radiation Research 151
  • Between the Lesional and the Psychosocial 156
  • New Sociality 165
  • Doctor-Patient Relations 174
  • No One Is Hiding Anything Anymore 176
  • In the Middle of the Experiment 181

Chapter 7 Self and Social Identity in Transition 191

  • Anton and Halia 191
  • Beyond the Family: Kvartyra and Public Voice 194
  • Medicalized Selves 201
  • Everyday Violence 206
  • Lifetime 212

Chapter 8 Conclusion 215
Notes 221
Bibliography 239
Index 253

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