11/07/2013 - 08:44

Terror as normality

Joseph Masco

Joseph Masco is an associate professor of
anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is the author of
The Nuclear Borderlands:...

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Reflecting on two US-engineered Cold War programs and plans, the author finds how terror, over past decades, has become a normal element in everyday US life. The historic period that saw the Corona satellite and the Single Integrated Operational Plan come to light, the author argues, taught Americans to be committed to total war as a precondition for everyday life—while locating death as exterior to the nation.

Countries: United States
Region: Americas