Energy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity

Energy without Conscience: Oil, Climate Change, and Complicity

by David McDermott Hughes

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ISBN-13: 9780822362982
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 03/17/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author


David McDermott Hughes is Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and the author of Whiteness in Zimbabwe: Race, Landscape, and the Problem of Belonging and From Enslavement to Environmentalism: Politics on a Southern African Frontier.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments  ix
Introduction  1
Part I. Energy with Conscience
1. Plantation Slaves, the First Fuel  29
2. How Oil Missed Its Utopian Moment  41
Part II. Ordinary Oil
3. The Myth of Inevitability  65
4. Lakeside, or the Petro-pastoral Sensibility  95
5. Climate Change and the Victim Slot  120
Conclusion  141
Notes  153
References  165
Index  183

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Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet - Bill McKibben


"This is a fascinating exploration of uncharted—and crucial—intellectual ground. It is hardest for us to see that which is hidden in plain sight, as David McDermott Hughes makes powerfully clear."

Instituting Nature: Authority, Expertise, and Power in Mexican Forests - Andrew S. Mathews


"An informative and entertaining work, Energy without Conscience probes deeply into different forms of energy and the related social systems that sustain them. David McDermott Hughes makes it clear that energy systems are embedded in moral economies, suggesting that they can be reconfigured in relation to activist politics and ethics. Passionately arguing against the silence and unwillingness to think about the immorality of using oil, Hughes sets a high standard of engaged anthropology."

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