Accession Number : ADA327948


Title :   Nuclear Criticism after the Cold War: A Rhetorical Analysis of Two Contemporary Atomic Campaigns


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH


Personal Author(s) : Hubbard, Bryan


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a327948.pdf


Report Date : 01 Aug 1997


Pagination or Media Count : 262


Abstract : Today is a nuclear-powered era. Since 1945 nuclear technology has mutated into a cloud filtering human experiences. Despite the apparent end to the Cold War, nuclear technology remains a critical subject. This study constructs a contemporary framework to continue the project of nuclear criticism in a post-Cold War world to contribute to the discussion of nuclear issues. Building on a comprehensive review of critical nuclear discourse since 1945, this project suggests intertextual analysis of current nuclear discourse can encourage politically-meaningful public participation and can promote a better understanding of assumptions influencing the current shape of conversations concerning nuclear policy. It draws attention to a sphere of rhetoric directly affecting nuclear policy that critics have largely ignored. It builds on the work of nuclear criticism, updating and revising the project with a politically-enabling voice for a post-Cold War era. With this perspective for nuclear criticism, this study analyzes two current nuclear campaigns. The first involves the Department of Energy's Closing the Circle on the Splitting of the Atom as state-sponsored rhetoric reflecting a sustained influence of nuclearism. The second involves the Canberra Commission as a contemporary oppositional nuclear rhetor. The findings suggest successful management of nuclear resources rests with creating an inclusive public discussion and providing perpetual criticism articulating how literary and critical assumptions shape material and discursive action as humanity deals with a lingering nuclear legacy.


Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WEAPONS , *ARMS CONTROL , POLICIES , ATOMS , DISARMAMENT , HISTORY , RESOURCE MANAGEMENT , NUCLEAR ENGINEERING , NUCLEAR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS , NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , NUCLEAR WARFARE , COLD WAR


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Humanities and History
      Nuclear Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE