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Consuming Power: A Social History of American Energies

Consuming Power: A Social History of American Energies

by David E. Nye, Michael Brian Schiffer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262640384

ISBN-13: 9780262640381

Pub. Date: 02/26/1999

Publisher: MIT Press

How did the United States become the world's largest consumer of energy? David Nye shows that this is less a question about the development of technology than it is a question about the development of culture. In Consuming Power, Nye uses energy as a touchstone to examine the lives of ordinary people engaged in normal activities. He looks at how these

Overview

How did the United States become the world's largest consumer of energy? David Nye shows that this is less a question about the development of technology than it is a question about the development of culture. In Consuming Power, Nye uses energy as a touchstone to examine the lives of ordinary people engaged in normal activities. He looks at how these activities changed as new energy systems were constructed, from colonial times to recent years. He also shows how, as Americans incorporated new machines and processes into their lives, they became ensnared in power systems that were not easily changed: they made choices about the conduct of their lives, and those choices accumulated to produce a consuming culture. Nye examines a sequence of large systems that acquired and then lost technological momentum over the course of American history, including water power, steam power, electricity, the internal-combustion engine, atomic power, and computerization. He shows how each system became part of a larger set of social constructions through its links to the home, the factory, and the city. The result is a social history of America as seen through the lens of energy consumption.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262640381
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
02/26/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,234,413
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix(2)
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1(14)
Expansion 15(56)
1 The Energies of Conquest
15(28)
2 Water and Industry
43(28)
Concentration 71(86)
3 Cities of Steam
71(32)
4 Power Incorporated
103(28)
5 Industrial Systems
131(26)
Dispersion 157(108)
6 Consumption and Dispersion
157(30)
7 The High-Energy Economy
187(30)
8 Energy Crisis and Transition
217(32)
9 Choices
249(16)
Notes 265(60)
Index 325

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