Sarcophagus: Chernobyl in Historical Light

@article{Petryna1995SarcophagusCI,
  title={Sarcophagus: Chernobyl in Historical Light},
  author={Adriana Petryna},
  journal={Cultural Anthropology},
  year={1995},
  volume={10},
  pages={196-220}
}
  • A. Petryna
  • Published 1 May 1995
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Anthropology
In the following pages, I will guide the reader through a tour of a post-Chernobyl social imaginary, a theater of images let loose after an invisible catastrophe, summoning the social body to experience it as a turning point in history. I document a series of encounters with multigenerational Ukrainian informants to explore their experiences of the Chernobyl disaster within perceptions of historical truth. How did they experience history and Soviet state power before and after Chernobyl? How… 
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