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Signs of danger; waste, trauma, and nuclear threat.


Signs of danger; waste, trauma, and nuclear threat.

van Wyck, Peter C.

U. of Minnesota Press


155 pages



Theory out of bounds; v.26


Van Wyck (communication, Concordia U., Montreal, Quebec) uses the example of one specific government nuclear waste burial program--the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico--to search for a modern new way of thinking about ecological threats. Coverage includes an overview of several basic points--what waste is, what nuclear wastes are, the problems they pose, natural disasters versus technological disasters, and why the government is hiding waste in the New Mexican desert; a concise assessment of the past, present, and future of the WIPP; and discussion of some of the implications of ecological and nuclear threats, including the WIPP as a reflection of cultural anxiety, risk and the pathologies of threat, trauma, and a philosophy of threat based not on the possible but on the virtual.

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