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Nuclear DesirePower and the Postcolonial Nuclear Order$
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Shampa Biswas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816680979

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816680979.001.0001

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Unusable, Dangerous, and Desirable

Unusable, Dangerous, and Desirable

Nuclear Weapons as Fetish Commodities

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(p.109) Chapter 3 Unusable, Dangerous, and Desirable
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Nuclear Desire
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Shampa Biswas

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816680979.003.0004

Chapter Three uses a Marxist approach to commodity fetishism to theorize two economies of exchange that generate a desire for nuclear weapons – the logic of deterrence as a semiotic economy of signs that make nuclear weapons “useful in their uselessness” and the logic of regulation through which nuclear weapons emerge as “luxury goods.”.

Keywords:   Nuclear, Non-proliferation, Postcolonialism, Hierarchy, Inequality, Third world, Power, Order, Security, Justice

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