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Radiation sounds : Marshallese music and nuclear silences

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  • Description

    "On March 1, 1954, the US military detonated "Castle Bravo," its most powerful nuclear bomb, at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Two days later, the US military evacuated the Marshallese to a nearby atoll where they became part of a classified study, without their consent, on the effects of radiation on humans. In Radiation Sounds Jessica A. Schwartz examines the seventy-five years of Marshallese music developed in response to US nuclear militarism on their homeland.

    Schwartz shows how Marshallese singing draws on religious, cultural, and political practices to make heard the deleterious effects of US nuclear violence. Schwartz also points to the literal silencing of Marshallese voices and throats compromised by radiation as well as the United States' silencing of information about the human radiation study. In foregrounding the centrality of the aural and sensorial in understanding nuclear testing's long-term effects, Schwartz offers new modes of understanding the relationships between the voice, sound, militarism, indigeneity, and geopolitics"--

  • Place
  • Other Id

    ML3917.M37 SCH (Library of Congress Call Number)

    92731 (Cat ID)

    92502 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    Radiation sounds : Marshallese music and nuclear silences
  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    Duke University Press
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  • Date
  • Physical Description

    xi, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

  • Language
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
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  • Content
    Introduction: "It Was the Sound That Terrified us" -- Chapter One. Radioactive Citizenship: Voices of the Nation -- Chapter Two. Precarious Harmonies -- Chapter Three. MORIBA: "Everything Is in God's Hands" -- Chapter Four. Uwaanan (Spirited Noise) -- Chapter Five. Anemkwoj
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Music--Political aspects--History - 20th century--Marshall Islands; Music--History and criticism--Marshall Islands; Marshallese--Music--History and criticism; Radiation--Health aspects--Marshall Islands; Nuclear weapons--Testing--Marshall Islands; Marshall Islands--Foreign relations--United States; United States--Foreign relations--Marshall Islands; United States--Foreign economic relations--Oceania]

    Includes bibliographical references (pages [273]-286) and index

  • Collection Type
    Reading Room
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023

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