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When thousands of women gathered in 1983 to protest the stockpiling of nuclear weapons at a rural upstate New York military depot, the area was shaken by their actions. What so disturbed residents that they organized counterdemonstrations, wrote hundreds of letters to local newspapers, verbally and physically harassed the protestors, and nearly rioted to stop one of the protest marches? Louise Krasniewicz reconstructs the drama surrounding the Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice in Seneca County, New York, analyzing it as a clash both between and within communities. She shows how debates about gender and authority—including questions of morality, patriotism, women’s roles, and sexuality—came to overshadow arguments about the risks of living in a nuclear world. Vivid ethnography and vibrant social history, this work will engage readers interested in American culture, women’s studies, peace studies, and cultural anthropology.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. pp. viii-xiii
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  1. 1. The Lost Summer
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. The Anthropology of Fallout
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. 3. Coming Home
  2. pp. 21-31
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  1. 4. Introductions
  2. pp. 32-41
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  1. 5. Circle for Survival
  2. pp. 42-71
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  1. 6. Who Goes There
  2. pp. 72-89
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  1. 7. The Plot
  2. pp. 90-98
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  1. 8. Oh Say Can You See
  2. pp. 99-116
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  1. 9. Independence Day
  2. pp. 117-131
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  1. 10. What Did You Bring?
  2. pp. 132-138
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  1. 11. Innocents Abroad
  2. pp. 139-155
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  1. 12. Ease on down the Road
  2. pp. 156-168
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  1. 13. The Bridge: A Drama
  2. pp. 169-187
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  1. 14. Good Americans
  2. pp. 188-202
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  1. 15. The Difference Within
  2. pp. 203-224
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  1. 16. The Postnuclear
  2. pp. 225-235
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 236-240
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  1. References Cited
  2. pp. 241-249
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 250-259
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501719998
Related ISBN
9780801499388
MARC Record
OCLC
1031885219
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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