Bravo for the Marshallese: Regaining Control in a Post-Nuclear, Post-Colonial World (Case Studies on Contemporary Social Issues)

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  • This case study describes the role an applied anthropologist takes to help Marshallese communities understand the impact
    of radiation exposure on the environment and themselves, and addresses problems stemming from the U.S. nuclear weapons
    testing program conducted in the Marshall Islands from 1946-1958. The author demonstrates how the U.S. Government limits
    its responsibilities for dealing with the problems it created in the Marshall Islands. Through archival, life history,
    and ethnographic research, the author constructs a compelling history of the testing program from a Marshallese
    perspective. For more than five decades, the Marshallese have experienced the effects of the weapons testing program on
    their health and their environment. This book amplifies the voice of the Marshallese who share their knowledge about
    illnesses, premature deaths, and exile from their homelands. The author uses linguistic analysis to show how the
    Marshallese developed a unique radiation language to discuss problems related to their radiation exposure problems that
    never existed before the testing program. Drawing on her own experiences working with the government of the Marshall
    Islands, the author emphasizes the role of an applied anthropologist in influencing policy, and empowering community
    leaders to seek meaningful remedies.


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