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Bravo for the Marshallese : regaining control in a post-nuclear, post-colonial world

Author: Holly M Barker
Publisher: Belmont, CA : Wadsworth, ©2013.
Series: Case studies on contemporary social issues.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Holly M Barker
ISBN: 9781111833848 1111833842
OCLC Number: 793186922
Description: xiii, 189 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1 Setting the Stage: The Geography, Social/Political Organization, and Language of the Marshall Islands 5 --
Location and Ecology 5 --
Early Migration 10 --
The Social and Political Structure 10 --
The Marshallese Language and Its Dialects 12 --
Chapter 2 A Colonial History of the Marshall Islands 16 --
Colonial Expansion 16 --
U.S. Naval Administration of the Marshall Islands 19 --
The Arrival of Anthropologists 25 --
The Move toward Self-Governance 29 --
The Compact of Free Association 30 --
Chapter 3 The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing Program 34 --
The Official U.S. Government Account of the Events 34 --
The Limitations on U.S. Government Responsibility 36 --
Declassified U.S. Government Documents 39 --
Conclusion 49 --
Chapter 4 Ethnography and a Marshallese Narrative of History 50 --
Witness Testimonies: March 1, 1954-The Day the U.S. Government Detonated the Bravo Shot 51 --
Witness Testimonies: Evacuation and the Decontamination Process 53 --
Witness Testimonies: Birth Defects 54 --
Witness Testimonies: Other Medical and Environmental Problems 55 --
Witness Testimonies: Interactions with U.S. Government Medical Providers and Scientists 56 --
A Marshallese Narrative of History 57 --
Conclusion 59 --
Chapter 5 Alienation from the Land: The Rongelap Experience 60 --
The Importance of Geography 60 --
The Importance of Land 61 --
Damage, Injury, and Loss 63 --
Experiences in Exile 64 --
The Loss of Self-Sufficiency 66 --
Burial 69 --
Stigma/Psychological Problems among the "Bombed People" 71 --
Gender, Age, and Status in Exile 72 --
Conclusion 75 --
Chapter 6 Language and the Testing Program 76 --
Radiation and a Colonial Language of Control 76 --
Language as Resistance 79 --
Conclusion 92 --
Chapter 7 Uncovering Themes in Linguistic Data 93 --
Assigning Responsibility 94 --
Powerlessness 98 --
Women's Reproductive Illnesses 101 --
A Unique Marshallese Radiation Language 107 --
Conclusion 110 --
Chapter 8 Changed Circumstances: Petitioning the U.S. Government 111 --
Advisory Committee on Changed Circumstances 113 --
Content of the Petition 113 --
Review of the Petition 115 --
Conclusion 116 --
Chapter 9 Other Case Studies 117 --
Hiroshima/Nagasaki 117 --
French Polynesia 120 --
Chernobyl 123 --
Nevada 126 --
Hanford 128 --
Subjects of Human Radiation Experimentation 133 --
Conclusion 135 --
Chapter 10 Methods and Community Empowerment 136 --
Developing Bonds of Trust 136 --
Learning the Language 136 --
Archival Research 137 --
Access to Information 137 --
Building on the Work of Others 137 --
Life Story and Oral History Collection 138 --
Local Counterparts and Key Informants 139 --
Public Education and Training of Students 139 --
Transcription and Translation 141 --
Observation 142 --
Expect to Be Challenged 143 --
Fieldnotes 144 --
Repeat Visits to the Field 144 --
The Policy Realm 144 --
Methods of the NCT Project 145 --
Conclusion 148 --
Chapter 11 Competing Narratives of History 149 --
Flaws in the U.S. Government's Accounting of History 150 --
A New Narrative of History 152 --
Looking toward the Future 153 --
Chapter 12 The Failure of Reconciliation and the Mobility of Structural Violence 155 --
Rongelap Ultimatum 156 --
Structural Violence 157 --
Mounting Tension 158 --
Mixed Messages 161 --
Applied and Public Anthropology 163 --
Budgetary Cuts Threaten Lives of Washington's Hungry and Sick 163 --
Nuclear Claims Tribunal 165 --
Anthropology and the Rongelap Land Claim 166 --
Climate Change and Sea-Level Rise 168 --
Conclusion 172.
Series Title: Case studies on contemporary social issues.
Responsibility: Holly M. Barker.

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1. Setting the Stage: The Geography, Social/Political Organization, and Language of the Marshal Islands. 2. A Colonial History of the Marshall Islands. 3. The U.S. Nuclear Weapons Testing Program. 4. Read more...

 
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