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Cultures of Energy: Power, Practices, Technologies by Sarah Strauss, Stephanie Rupp, Thomas Love

By Sarah Strauss, Stephanie Rupp, Thomas Love

This path-breaking quantity explores cultures of strength, the underlying yet under-appreciated dimensions of either main issue and innovation in source use around the world. Theoretical chapters situate urgent strength concerns in better conceptual frames, and ethnographic case reports demonstrate strength because it is imagined, used, and contested in quite a few cultural contexts. individuals deal with concerns together with the relationship among source flows and social relationships in power platforms; cultural transformation and notions of development and cave in; the blurring of know-how and magic; social tensions that accompany power contraction; and sociocultural alterations required in prosperous societies to lessen dependence on fossil fuels. each one of 5 thematic sections concludes with an integrative and provocative dialog one of the authors. the amount is a perfect device for educating distinctive, modern, and comparative views on social theories of technological know-how and know-how in undergraduate and graduate courses.

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What we have come to call “land” and “labor” were the ultimate energy resources, but they could be invested in “capital” in the form, for instance, of agricultural terraces, irrigation canals, livestock, roads, ships, armies, and temples. Capital is here defined as some kind of material infrastructure through which the extraction of energy can be increased. Preindustrial agricultural cosmologies invariably recognized the productivity of the land as the foundation of human society. This was evident in Europe as recently as among the eighteenth-century Physiocrats, and continues to be a dominant conception among nonindustrial agriculturalists in other areas of the world system today (Gudeman 1986; Gudeman and Rivera 1990).

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