Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima
The Temporality of Contaminants
This chapter continues to analyze CRMOs and asks questions regarding their precariousness. Three years after the accident, many of them were struggling to remain open and some had already closed down. Food policing must be understood as a part of a larger landscape of neoliberalization and simultaneous erosion of citizenship entitlements and economic volatility. I identify the gendered care burden under neoliberalism as one of the reasons for the challenges facing many CRMOs. In addition, the chapter examines the temporality of contaminants constructed under neoliberalism and how forward-looking, aspirational neoliberalism made a particular temporal understanding of radioactive materials salient.