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xi, 301 pages : black and white illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
  • Upheaval
  • Vibrio cholerae
  • Rumors
  • Stealth
  • Hypotheses
  • Maps
  • Altered reality
  • Journalists
  • Secrecy
  • Obfuscation
  • Speculation
  • Pandemics and South Asia
  • Report
  • Vodou and cholera
  • Inquiry
  • Politics before science
  • Nepal
  • Concealed in the field
  • Quarantine and isolation
  • The wall cracks
  • Answers
  • Sanitation, water, and vaccination
  • Struggles and elimination
  • Rapprochement.
Green Library
196 pages ; 23 cm.
  • Stories
  • History
  • Politics.
Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? In his first major book of nonfiction since In an Antique Land, Ghosh examines our inability at the level of literature, history, and politics to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The extreme nature of today's climate events, Ghosh asserts, make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of thinking and imagining. This is particularly true of serious literary fiction: hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes simply feel too improbable for the novel; they are automatically consigned to other genres. In the writing of history, too, the climate crisis has sometimes led to gross simplifications; Ghosh shows that the history of the carbon economy is a tangled global story with many contradictory and counter-intuitive elements. Ghosh ends by suggesting that politics, much like literature, has become a matter of personal moral reckoning rather than an arena of collective action. But to limit fiction and politics to individual moral adventure comes at a great cost. The climate crisis asks us to imagine other forms of human existence a task to which fiction, Ghosh argues, is the best suited of all cultural forms. His book serves as a great writer's summons to confront the most urgent task of our time.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226323039 20161024
Green Library
x, 351 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • he Paris sewers and the rationalization of urban space
  • Borrowed light: journeys through Weimar Berlin
  • Mosquitoes, modernity, and postcolonial Lagos
  • Water, poverty, and urban fragmentation in Mumbai
  • Tracing the Los Angeles River
  • Fears, fantasies, and floods : the inundation of London.
Water lies at the intersection of landscape and infrastructure, crossing between visible and invisible domains of urban space, in the tanks and buckets of the global South and the vast subterranean technological networks of the global North. In this book, Matthew Gandy considers the cultural and material significance of water through the experiences of six cities: Paris, Berlin, Lagos, Mumbai, Los Angeles, and London. Tracing the evolving relationships among modernity, nature, and the urban imagination, from different vantage points and through different periods, Gandy uses water as a lens through which to observe both the ambiguities and the limits of nature as conventionally understood. Gandy begins with the Parisian sewers of the nineteenth century, captured in the photographs of Nadar, and the reconstruction of subterranean Paris. He moves on to Weimar-era Berlin and its protection of public access to lakes for swimming, the culmination of efforts to reconnect the city with nature. He considers the threat of malaria in Lagos, where changing geopolitical circumstances led to large-scale swamp drainage in the 1940s. He shows how the dysfunctional water infrastructure of Mumbai offers a vivid expression of persistent social inequality in a postcolonial city. He explores the incongruous concrete landscapes of the Los Angeles River. Finally, Gandy uses the fictional scenario of a partially submerged London as the starting point for an investigation of the actual hydrological threats facing that city.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262028257 20160618
Green Library
x, 406 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
  • Part I. Incarcerated space and Western nuclear frontiers
  • Mr. Matthias goes to Washington
  • Labor on the lam
  • Labor shortage
  • Defending the nation
  • The city plutonium built
  • Work and the women left holding plutonium
  • Hazards
  • The food chain
  • Of flies, mice and men
  • Part II. The Soviet working class atom and the American response
  • The arrest of a journal
  • The Gulag and the bomb
  • The Bronze Age atom
  • Keeping secrets
  • Beria's visit
  • Reporting for duty
  • Empire of calamity
  • "A few good men" : in pursuit of America's permanent war economy
  • Stalin's rocket engine : rewarding the plutonium people
  • Big Brother in the American heartland
  • Neighbors
  • The vodka society
  • Part III. The plutonium disasters
  • Managing a risk society
  • The walking wounded
  • Two autopsies
  • Wahluke Slope : into harm's way
  • Quiet flows the Techa
  • Resettlement
  • The zone of immunity
  • The socialist consumers' republic
  • The uses of an open society
  • The Kyshtym belch, 1957
  • Karabolka, beyond the zone
  • Private parts
  • "From crabs to caviar, we had everything"
  • Part IV. Dismantling the plutonium curtain
  • Plutonium into portfolio shares
  • Chernobyl redux
  • 1984
  • The forsaken
  • Sick people
  • Cassandra in coveralls
  • Nuclear glasnost
  • All the kings' men
  • Futures.
While many transnational histories of the nuclear arms race have been written, Kate Brown provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union. In Plutopia, Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia-the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias--communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Fully employed and medically monitored, the residents of Richland and Ozersk enjoyed all the pleasures of consumer society, while nearby, migrants, prisoners, and soldiers were banned from plutopia--they lived in temporary "staging grounds" and often performed the most dangerous work at the plant. Brown shows that the plants' segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted. In four decades, the Hanford plant near Richland and the Maiak plant near Ozersk each issued at least 200 million curies of radioactive isotopes into the surrounding environment--equaling four Chernobyls--laying waste to hundreds of square miles and contaminating rivers, fields, forests, and food supplies. Because of the decades of secrecy, downwind and downriver neighbors of the plutonium plants had difficulty proving what they suspected, that the rash of illnesses, cancers, and birth defects in their communities were caused by the plants' radioactive emissions. Plutopia was successful because in its zoned-off isolation it appeared to deliver the promises of the American dream and Soviet communism; in reality, it concealed disasters that remain highly unstable and threatening today. An untold and profoundly important piece of Cold War history, Plutopia invites readers to consider the nuclear footprint left by the arms race and the enormous price of paying for it.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199855766 20160612
Green Library
216 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 28 x 35 cm. + 1 booklet.
  • Part. 1. Cancer alley / Richard Misrach
  • part 2. Ecological atlas / Kate Orff.
"Features Richard Misrach's photographic record of Louisiana's Chemical Corridor, accompanied by landscape architect Kate Orff's Ecological atlas--a series of "speculative drawings" developed through research and mapping of data from the region"--Provided by publisher.
Green Library, Art & Architecture Library (Bowes), SAL3 (off-campus storage)
ANTHRO-39-01, ANTHRO-372-01
xvii, 311 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • List of Illustrations xi Acknowledgments xiii Preface xv ONE: Language as Asphalt 1 Bare Feet 1 Hard and Clean Roads 4 Struggle for the Roads 8 Language-game 18 Bahasa Indonesia, "Indonesian Language" 31 TWO: Towers 43 Homes on Wheels and Floating Homes 43 The Cities 52 The Camps 60 The Towers 73 THREE: From Darkness to Light 85 The City of Light 85 Dactyloscopy 97 The Floodlight 103 The Sublime 112 The Mirror 120 FOUR: Indonesian Dandy 129 The Dolls 129 The Modern Times 130 Nationalism and the Birth of the Dandy 143 The Death of the Dandy 147 The Parade 154 FIVE: Let Us Become Radio Mechanics 161 The Metaphor 161 The Thing 166 The Voice 174 The Closed Circuits 182 The Mechanics 189 EPILOGUE: Only the Deaf Can Hear Well 193 Sjahrir Recalled 193 Memories of Holland 197 Time in Three Dimensions 202 Bacteria 204 The Splendid Radio 207 The Mouth of Karundeng 210 Sportsmen-Dandies-Jokers-Engineers 215 Ear Culture 220 The Happy End 222 Notes 235 Sources 285 Index 303.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691091624 20160604
Based on close reading of historical documents--poetry as much as statistics--and focused on the conceptualization of technology, this book is an unconventional evocation of late colonial Netherlands East Indies (today Indonesia). In considering technology and the ways that people use and think about things, Rudolf Mrzek invents an original way to talk about freedom, colonialism, nationalism, literature, revolution, and human nature. The central chapters comprise vignettes and take up, in turn, transportation (from shoes to road-building to motorcycle clubs), architecture (from prison construction to home air-conditioning), optical technologies (from photography to fingerprinting), clothing and fashion, and the introduction of radio and radio stations. The text clusters around a group of fascinating recurring characters representing colonialism, nationalism, and the awkward, inevitable presence of the European cultural, intellectual, and political avant-garde: Tillema, the pharmacist-author of Kromoblanda; the explorer/engineer IJzerman; the "Javanese princess" Kartina; the Indonesia nationalist journalist Mas Marco; the Dutch novelist Couperus; the Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer; and Dutch left-wing liberal Wim Wertheim and his wife. In colonial Indies, as elsewhere, people employed what Proust called "remembering" and what Heidegger called "thinging" to sense and make sense of the world. In using this observation to approach Indonesian society, Mrzek captures that society off balance, allowing us to see it in unfamiliar positions. The result is a singular work with surprises for readers throughout the social sciences, not least those interested in Southeast Asia or colonialism more broadly.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691091624 20160604
Green Library