South Asian Cultures of the Bomb (inbunden)
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South Asian Cultures of the Bomb (inbunden)

South Asian Cultures of the Bomb

Atomic Publics and the State in India and Pakistan

Inbunden Engelska, 2009-03-25
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Since their founding as independent nations, nuclear issues have been key elements of nationalism and the public sphere in both India and Pakistan. Yet the relationship between nuclear arms and civil society in the region is seldom taken into account in conventional security studies. These original and provocative essays examine the political and ideological components of national drives to possess and test nuclear weapons. Equal coverage for comparable issues in each country frames the volume as a genuine dialogue across this contested boundary.
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"Many observers trace the origins of the nuclear 'problem' in South Asia to 1998, the year in which India and Pakistan together conducted 11 nuclear tests and declared themselves nuclear powers. Some, more historically minded, trace the coming of the nuclear age to South Asia to 1974, when India set off a single underground 'peaceful' nuclear explosion. Both views are substantially wrong. The people of India and Pakistan have been subject to nuclear power for over 60 years... Nuclear matters became a part of the region's conceptual and industrial landscape from practically the moment of political independence." from the introduction

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Itty Abraham is Associate Professor of Government and Director of the South Asia Institute at The University of Texas, Austin. He is author of The Making of the Indian Atomic Bomb and editor (with Willem van Schendel) of Illicit Flows and Criminal Things: States, Borders, and the Other Side of Globalization (IUP, 2006).


1. Nuclear Power, National Security, and Atomic Publics. Itty Abraham;; 2. Fevered with Dreams of the Future: The Coming of the Atomic Age to Pakistan. Zia Mian;; 3. India's Nuclear Enclave and the Practice of Secrecy. M. V. Ramana;; 4. The Social Life of a Bomb: India and the Ontology of an "Overpopulated" Society. Sankaran Krishna;; 5. Pride and Proliferation: Pakistan's Nuclear Psyche after AQ Khan. Ammara Durrani;; 6. The Politics of Death: The Antinuclear Imaginary in India. Srirupa Roy;; 7. Pakistan's Atomic Publics: Survey Results. Haider Nizamani;; 8. Gods, Bombs, and the Social Imaginary. Raminder Kaur;; 9. Nuclearization and Pakistani Popular Culture since 1998. Iftikhar Dadi;; 10. Guardians of the Nuclear Myth: Politics, Ideology and India's Strategic Community. Karsten Frey List of Contributors; Index