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The Bomb's Womb?

Veena Das, Arthur Kleinman, Margaret Lock, Mamphela Ramphele and Pamela Reynolds

in Remaking a World

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223295
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924857 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223295.003.0004
The Bomb's Womb?

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This chapter discusses the relationships between women and the bomb. It explains how the bomb, particularly the threat of delayed radiation effects, shapes women's sense of subjectivity and sexuality. The discussion focuses on women who were adolescents or children when the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki occurred. It studies the suffering created by the bomb and radiation illnesses, and how they affected the informants at different stages in their life cycles. It also takes a look at dominant discourses on the bomb and hibakusha women, before it finally analyzes women's relationships to such discourses.

Keywords: women; bomb; radiation effects; subjectivity; sexuality; radiation illnesses; dominant discourses; hibakusha women

Chapter.  21773 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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