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Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl

Adriana Petryna


On April 26, 1986, Unit Four of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in then Soviet Ukraine. More than 3.5 million people in Ukraine alone, not to mention many citizens of surrounding countries, are still suffering the effects. This is the first book to comprehensively examine the vexed political, scientific, and social circumstances that followed the Chernobyl disaster. Tracing the story from an initial lack of disclosure to post-Soviet democratizing attempts to compensate sufferers, the book uses anthropological tools to take us into a world whose social realities are far more immediate an ... More

Keywords: human rights, Chernobyl explosion, Ukraine, Soviet Union, biological citizenship, sufferers, technological disasters, social equity, health, Chernobyl nuclear reactor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151663
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adriana Petryna, author