Nuclear Rites : Weapons Laboratory at the End of the Cold War
by Hugh Gusterson


Overview - Based on fieldwork at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- the facility that designed the neutron bomb and the warhead for the MX missile -- Nuclear Rites takes the reader deep inside the top-secret culture of a nuclear weapons lab. Exploring the scientists' world of dark humor, ritualized secrecy, and disciplined emotions, anthropologist Hugh Gusterson uncovers the beliefs and values that animate their work.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Based on fieldwork at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- the facility that designed the neutron bomb and the warhead for the MX missile -- Nuclear Rites takes the reader deep inside the top-secret culture of a nuclear weapons lab. Exploring the scientists' world of dark humor, ritualized secrecy, and disciplined emotions, anthropologist Hugh Gusterson uncovers the beliefs and values that animate their work. He discovers that many of the scientists are Christians, deeply convinced of the morality of their work, and a number are liberals who opposed the Vietnam War and the Reagan-Bush agenda. Gusterson also examines the antinuclear movement, concluding that the scientists and protesters are alike in surprising ways, with both cultures reflecting the hopes and anxieties of an increasingly threatened middle class.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780520213739
  • ISBN-10: 0520213734
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publish Date: November 1996
  • Page Count: 392
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6.01 x 0.94 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.23 pounds


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