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Cultures of Energy

Power, Practices, Technologies

Cultures of Energy by Sarah Strauss
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This path-breaking volume explores cultures of energy, the underlying but under-appreciated dimensions of both crisis and innovation in resource use around the globe. Theoretical chapters situate pressing energy issues in larger conceptual frames, and ethnographic case studies reveal energy as it is imagined, used, and contested in a variety of cultural contexts. Contributors address issues including the connection between resource flows and social relationships in energy systems; cultural transformation and notions of progress and collapse; the blurring of technology and magic; social tensions that accompany energy contraction; and sociocultural changes required in affluent societies to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Each of five thematic sections concludes with an integrative and provocative conversation among the authors. The volume is an ideal tool for teaching unique, contemporary, and comparative perspectives on social theories of science and technology in undergraduate and graduate courses.
Taylor and Francis; June 2016
360 pages; ISBN 9781315430836
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Title: Cultures of Energy
Author: Sarah Strauss; Stephanie Rupp; Thomas Love
 
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9781315430836
9781315430843
9781611321654