Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity

Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity

by Mimi Sheller

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262026826
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is the author of Democracy after Slavery,Consuming the Caribbean, and Citizenship from Below.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction: Mobilizing Modernity 1

Part I The Bright Side

2 Inventors, Investors, and Industry 35

3 Metal of War, for War, and by War 61

4 Speed Metal 85

5 Mobile Homes 115

Part II The Dark Side

6 Alcoa Cruising the Caribbean 147

7 Dark Dreams: Russia, India, and Guinea 179

8 Frozen Electricity: Saving Iceland 205

9 Aluminum Renaissance 221

10 Conclusion: Slow Metal 247

Notes 265

Bibliography 303

Index 319

What People are Saying About This

Joyce E. Chaplin

Aluminum Dreams spans the globe in order to explain how one light, bright metal has made the modern age, and has made modernity simultaneously wonderful and terrible. This superb commodity study brilliantly carries forward the legacy of Sidney Mintz's pioneering Sweetness and Power.

From the Publisher

Aluminum Dreams spans the globe in order to explain how one light, bright metal has made the modern age, and has made modernity simultaneously wonderful and terrible. This superb commodity study brilliantly carries forward the legacy of Sidney Mintz's pioneering Sweetness and Power.

Joyce E. Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University, and author of Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit

Through revealing graphics and polished prose, Aluminum Dreams delivers the retro pleasures of artifacts now gone by, but then–with the enticement well in hand–shows how oligopolies, war, and global exploitation follow on. It is a tour de force of cultural-material analysis, successful at many registers including the satisfactions of a mind-expanding reading experience.

Harvey Molotch, author of Where Stuff Comes From

Mimi Sheller has produced a wonderful account of the light, bright, silvery metal that has become so central to the sleek modern world. Her shimmering story of 'aluminum dreams' links the very centers of global power, mobility, and communications with other places of abject poverty and environmental degradation.

John Urry, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University

Endorsement

Mimi Sheller has produced a wonderful account of the light, bright, silvery metal that has become so central to the sleek modern world. Her shimmering story of 'aluminum dreams' links the very centers of global power, mobility, and communications with other places of abject poverty and environmental degradation.

John Urry, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University

Harvey Molotch

Through revealing graphics and polished prose, Aluminum Dreams delivers the retro pleasures of artifacts now gone by, but then–with the enticement well in hand–shows how oligopolies, war, and global exploitation follow on. It is a tour de force of cultural-material analysis, successful at many registers including the satisfactions of a mind-expanding reading experience.

John Urry

Mimi Sheller has produced a wonderful account of the light, bright, silvery metal that has become so central to the sleek modern world. Her shimmering story of 'aluminum dreams' links the very centers of global power, mobility, and communications with other places of abject poverty and environmental degradation.

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