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The issue of “the particulate” as an abstraction and as matter plays a crucial role in the histories of development and industrialization in Asia. The particulate functions as an important grain of irritation in our efforts to identify analytically salient commonalities among distinct cases of...
Filmmaker Ian Thomas Ash and biologist Timothy A. Mousseau have orbited one another in the courses of their fieldwork in and around Fukushima, Japan, since 2011. One traces human stories; the other tracks signs of biological change in wildlife. Both had investigated questions about the exposure...
The nuclear disaster at Fukushima in March 2011 has led to a burst of research on the role of uncertainty in social and scientific knowledge production. This line of research is not limited to the special uncertainties of radioactive contamination. In fact, from the 1960s to today, a loosely...
Following the shock of the 1954 thermonuclear weapon test at Bikini Atoll, Japanese scientists rallied to study the effects of low levels of radiation on life. Given the challenge of generalizing experimental results based on the particularities of different test organisms, research methods, and...
This article analyzes how the first collective action toxic tort in Taiwanese history, Former RCA Employees’ Mutual Aid Association v. Radio Corporation of America (RCA), produced a space of deliberation about the causal effects of chronic exposure to organic solvents to human health. The author...
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