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The Politics of InvisibilityPublic Knowledge about Radiation Health Effects after Chernobyl$
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Olga Kuchinskaya

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027694

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027694.001.0001

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The Politics of Invisibility

Olga Kuchinskaya

The MIT Press

Chapter 5 begins by examining authoritative reports on Chernobyl issued by organizations in the system of the United Nations (including the International Atomic Energy Agency and World Health Organization). The chapter describes research and rhetorical strategies used in these reports that result in minimizing visibility of Chernobyl relative to perspectives of the critics of these reports. This chapter also considers how the Belarusian government gradually came to concur with the UN experts on the issues of Chernobyl in the early years of this century, after a period of disagreement. The new strategy supported by both sides reframed Chernobyl as an economic problem and a problem of sustainable development. This framing not only provided the grounds for cooperation but also implicitly reasserted the same minimizing view of Chernobyl health effects and allowed for new approaches to making radiation risks less publicly visible, both in Belarus and internationally.

Keywords:   Chernobyl reports, United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency, World Health Organization, framing, sustainable development

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