Peter Wynn Kirby is a researcher with the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford and a research fellow at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. His latest book is “ Troubled Natures: Waste, Environment, Japan.” He recently contributed a piece on Godzilla and nuclear disaster to The New York Times Opinionator blog.

The nuclear crisis has rallied a weary nation, but also risks spurring discrimination against the contaminated. Peter Wynn Kirby on the test the disaster poses for Japanese society.