HOME OTHERWISE: Living Archives and Half-Life Politics in Post-Fallout Coastal Fukushima

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    While the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan forced residents out of their coastal Fukushima homes, transforming familiar ecologies into sites of estrangement, Naoko and neighbors remain invested in the material objects and spiritual relations of their houses, within and despite the logics of contamination. These desires to repair domestic livelihoods to nurture a sense of home (ie) and the idea of dying well (ii shinikata) challenge critical theories of nuclear fallout, which frame contamination's impacts in terms of biopolitical logics and planetary scales. Thus, although contamination regiments the lives of residents through what I call a half-life politics, their practices of house-ing defy these strictures, as planetary contamination becomes experiential, ethnographic, and interscalar, and as people attempt to remake lives in an already injured and irradiated world.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)573-579
    Number of pages7
    JournalCultural Anthropology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - 2021

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Anthropology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


    • Japan
    • Japão
    • Japón
    • accidente nuclear
    • acidente nuclear
    • archives and belonging
    • archivos y pertenencia
    • arquivos e pertencimento
    • biopolitics and half-life politics
    • biopolítica e half-life politics
    • biopolítica y halflife politics
    • casa contaminada
    • casa contaminada
    • contaminated home
    • nuclear fallout
    • semiotics


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