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Atomic Junction

Atomic Junction
Nuclear Power in Africa after Independence

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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108471244

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  • After Atomic Junction, along the Haatso-Atomic Road there lies the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, home to Africa's first nuclear programme after independence. Travelling along this road, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare gathers together stories of conflict and compromise on an African nuclear frontier. She speaks with a generation of African scientists who became captivated with 'the atom' and studied in the Soviet Union to make nuclear physics their own. On Pluton Lane and Gamma Avenue, these scientists displaced quiet farming villages in their bid to establish a scientific metropolis, creating an epicentre for Ghana's nuclear physics community. By placing interviews with town leaders, physicists and local entrepreneurs alongside archival records, Osseo-Asare explores the impact of scientific pursuit on areas surrounding the reactor, focusing on how residents came to interpret activities on these 'Atomic Lands'. This combination of historical research, personal and ethnographic observations shows how Ghanaians now stand at a crossroad, where some push to install more reactors, whilst others merely seek pipe-born water.

    • Provides a comprehensive history of the first nuclear programme in Africa after independence, which has wider implications for the future of nuclear physics in Africa
    • Describes the impact of nuclear research on both local and national levels
    • Combines primary sources including interviews with archival records for an engaging mix of historical research, personal and ethnographic observations
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    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108471244
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 28 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Preface: nuclear reveries
    1. Introduction: 'no country has monopoly of ability'
    2. Nuclear winds: particles without boundaries
    3. Scientific equity: physics from the Soviets
    4. Atomic reactors: a fission facility for Ghana
    5. Radiation within: monitoring particles in bodies
    6. Atomic lands: risks on a nuclear frontier
    Epilogue: nuclear power at the crossroads.

  • Author

    Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, University of Texas, Austin
    Abena Dove Osseo-Asare is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas, Austin, the Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School and a serving member of the editorial boards of Endeavour and Social History Medicine. She is the author of Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (2014) which was awarded the Melville J. Herskovits Prize in African Studies and the American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch Book Prize.

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