Type
Part or chapter of a book
Title
The Birth of Nuclear Eternity
In
Futures
Author(s)
PELOPIDAS Benoît - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
KEMP Sandra - (Publishing director)
ANDERSSON Jenny - (Publishing director)
Editor
Oxford : Oxford University Press
ISBN
9780198806820
Keywords
nuclear weapons, future, arms control, democracy, futures-making
Abstract
EN
This chapter reconnects modes of futures-making with the requirements of democracy by focusing on the naturalization of nuclear weapons and their removal from the realm of de- mocratic choice at a particular point in time. The chapter revolves around the concept of ‘nuclear eternity’ as a means of reducing public choices about the use of nuclear weapons. It critiques the idea that nuclear weapons have always been perceived as ‘here to stay’ and reassesses the dominant narrative about the 1960s as an emancipatory decade by arguing that the decade actually witnessed a significant shrinking of future po- litical possibilities. Finally, the chapter identifies three shapes of the future which pro- duce ‘nuclear eternity’—an absent post-nuclear future, an inconsistent post-nuclear future, and a disconnected post-nuclear future—and illustrates them with historical exam- ples

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