Life Exposed: Biological Citizens After Chernobyl (Revised)


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Princeton University Press
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Adriana Petryna is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects and the coeditor of When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health (both Princeton).


"An ethnographic triumph. Life Exposed is as powerful an analysis of national technical processes of managing risks as I have ever read. Yet it is also a moving meditation on the aftermath of disaster, including the moral and medical morass faced by those who negotiate its world of disability."--Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University
"Petryna's ethnographic approach consciously shapes her account and illuminates it with detail that historians of the future will treasure."---Jeanne Guillemin, Medical Humanities Review
"The book presents exceptionally rich anthropological material generated through observations and interviews. . . . The true scope of the human tragedy caused by this man-made catastrophe comes to the fore via biological stories of Petryna's informants."---Larissa Remennick, Journal of the American Medical Association
"There is nothing comparable. Very well written, it will be of major interest to readers in risk analysis and risk sociology, science studies, and political science, as well as to anyone interested in the consequences of megatechnologies."---Ulrich Beck, author of, World at Risk
"[Chernobyl] is a dramatic and important story, and Life Exposed is a compelling book. . . . [A]n important study that will interest a wide anthropological audience."---Jonathan P. Parry, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"Winner of the 2006 New Millenium Award, Society of Medical Anthropology"
"Co-Winner of the 2003 Sharon Stephens First Book Prize, American Ethnological Society"