Oil and Ideology: The Cultural Creation of the American Petroleum Industry / Edition 1

Oil and Ideology: The Cultural Creation of the American Petroleum Industry / Edition 1

by Diana Davids Hinton, Roger M. Olien
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807825239

ISBN-13: 9780807825235

Pub. Date: 03/13/2000

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Traditional accounts of John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company, as well as recent best-selling books on the subject, still accept without question charges of unethical and anti-competitive behavior by the American oil industry. In this pathbreaking synthesis of cultural, business, gender, and intellectual history, Roger and Diana Davids Olien explore how

Overview

Traditional accounts of John D. Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Company, as well as recent best-selling books on the subject, still accept without question charges of unethical and anti-competitive behavior by the American oil industry. In this pathbreaking synthesis of cultural, business, gender, and intellectual history, Roger and Diana Davids Olien explore how this negative image of the petroleum industry was created—and how this image in turn helped shape policy toward the industry in ways that were sometimes at odds with both the goals of reformers and the public interest.

By turning a critical eye on sources that have often been accepted at face value and examining the self-interests of oil industry critics, the authors produce a more balanced, complex picture of the industry than has previously been offered. Their case study of the impact of ideology offers a striking example of how business must be understood through its cultural context and offers a new approach to understanding problems of regulation and reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807825235
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/13/2000
Series:
The Luther H. Hodges Jr. and Luther H. Hodges Sr. Series on Business, Entrepreneurship, and Public Policy
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. Manhood against Money
Chapter 2. Hasting to Get Rich
Chapter 3. Numerous Offenses against Common Morality
Chapter 4. Believing the Worse
Chapter 5. Running Out of Oil
Chapter 6. A Wasting Asset
Chapter 7. Talking Past One Another
Chapter 8. Visions of Chaos
Chapter 9. Monopoly Revisited
Chapter 10. Fightin' Oil
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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