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Main Title Wastelanding : legacies of uranium mining in Navajo country /
Author Voyles, Traci Brynne.
Publisher University of Minnesota Press,
Year Published 2015
OCLC Number 894746316
ISBN 9780816692644; 0816692645; 9780816692675; 081669267X
Subjects Navajo Indians--Government relations--History--20th century ; Navajo Indians--Health and hygiene--History--20th century ; Uranium mines and mining--Political aspects--Southwest, New--History--20th century ; Uranium mines and mining--Social aspects--Southwest, New--History--20th century ; Radiation--Health aspects--Southwest, New--History--20th century ; Navajo Indian Reservation--History--20th century ; Indians of North America ; Radioactive Waste--adverse effects ; Uranium--adverse effects ; Mining--legislation & jurisprudence ; Miners ; Minority Health ; Indians, North American ; Southwestern United States ; New Southwest ; United States--Navajo Indian Reservation
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ERAM  E99.N3V69 2015 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/24/2015 STATUS
Collation xv, 291 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-271) and index.
Contents Notes
Preface: In search of treasure -- Introduction: Sacrificial land -- Empty except for Indians : early impressions of Navajo rangeland -- Prospecting for magic ore in America's new frontier -- Cowboys and Indians in Navajo country -- Hot spots: justice, power, and gender in the radioactive present -- Monsters and mountains: competing geographies of uranium -- The big hurt: boom and bust on contested ground -- Conclusion. Zombie mines. "Wastelanding tells the history of the uranium industry on Navajo land in the U.S. Southwest, asking why certain landscapes and the peoples who inhabit them come to be targeted for disproportionate exposure to environmental harm. Uranium mines and mills on the Navajo Nation land have long supplied U.S. nuclear weapons and energy programs. By 1942, mines on the reservation were the main source of uranium for the top-secret Manhattan Project. Today, the Navajo Nation is home to more than a thousand abandoned uranium sites. Radiation-related diseases are endemic, claiming the health and lives of former miners and nonminers alike. Traci Brynne Voyles argues that the presence of uranium mining on Diné (Navajo) land constitutes a clear case of environmental racism. Looking at discursive constructions of landscapes, she explores how environmental racism develops over time. For Voyles, the "wasteland," where toxic materials are excavated, exploited, and dumped, is both a racial and a spatial signifier that renders an environment and the bodies that inhabit it pollutable. Because environmental inequality is inherent in the way industrialism operates, the wasteland is the "other" through which modern industrialism is established. In examining the history of wastelanding in Navajo country, Voyles provides "an environmental justice history" of uranium mining, revealing how just as "civilization" has been defined on and through "savagery," environmental privilege is produced by portraying other landscapes as marginal, worthless, and pollutable"--The publisher.