Category Archives: Week 13

Biological Citizenship Blog

One story of biological citizenship that I found very compelling was that of Lev, a forty-eight year old cab driver from Chernobyl. For “one month and five days” following the Chernobyl incident, he had driven an army general around the … Continue reading

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life exposed post

A woman that caught my attention was Rita in chapter 5. On the day of the explosion, she went to work anyways because she was afraid she would lose her pension and social benefits. But when you read her story, … Continue reading

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In the second chapter, Adriana Petryna talks about “a foreign burden”. That foreign burden refers to the internal radiation that workers and citizens had after Chernobyl. Dmytro was a miner from the coal-mining region of Donbas in Ukraine. He was … Continue reading

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11/15: Ethnography in Life Exposed

This novel provides a unique examination of the Chernobyl disaster through the approach of ethnography. Author Adriana Petryna examines Ukraine’s fusion of governance and humanism post-disaster and thus, examines the emergence of biological citizenship (“the social practice that has emerged … Continue reading

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Life Exposed Ethnographic Example

A lot of the ethnographic examples that Petryna uses in Life Exposed translate everything we have been talking about recently in class about biological citizenship and seeking justice for health problems due to the Chernobyl disaster. However, I liked the ethnographic … Continue reading

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Nov. 10, 2011–Citizens after Socialism

This week and next we will examine the meanings of citizenship in Ukraine in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster and the collapse of socialism.  We will especially look at how people managed their statuses in the face of uncertainty,  … Continue reading

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Week 13–Blog Post: Biological Citizens

Throughout Life Exposed, Adriana Petryna gives ethnographic examples of people who were effected by the Chernobyl disaster.  Choose one example that you find compelling and explain why.  How is this person expressing biological citizenship and/or seeking justice? Your response is … Continue reading

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