Atomic Mumbai offers an insightful historical and ethnographic account of how nuclear issues are represented in popular culture, print media, films, documentaries, advertising and superhero comics, driven by perceptions of those based in the city of Mumbai, a prime site of nuclear establishments in India since the mid-1940s. Based on long-term fieldwork, and including rare photographs, narratives and extensive interviews, the volume documents urban nuclear imaginaries, along with their terrifying association with genetic mutation and death.
Table of Contents
List of Plates. List of Abbreviations. Acknowledgements. 1. Atomic Mumbai 2. The Dawn of the Atomic Age in India 3. Atomic Schizophrenia 4. The Wavering Spell of the Atom Bomb 5. Nuclear Truths and Cracks in the Surface 6. City of Smoky Quartz 7. A Patchwork of Portraits 8. Observing the Instruments of Armageddon 9. Atomic Comics 10. A Thousand Suns. Bibliography. About the Author. Index
Raminder Kaur is Professor of Anthropology and Cultural Studies at the School of Global Studies, University of Sussex.