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Societies beyond oil : oil dregs and social futures

Author: John Urry
Publisher: London : Zed Books, 2013.
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In this groundbreaking book, John Urry shows how the twentieth century created a mirage of unlimited future growth that masked its limits. He considers the nature of an oil-dependent world facing energy descent and what lessons can be learned from past energy-constrained societies. With no large-scale plan B to energize and mobilize societies, Urry assesses the likelihood of some very different futures for this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Urry, John.
Societies beyond Oil : Oil Dregs and Social Futures.
London : Zed Books, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Urry
ISBN: 9781780321707 1780321708 9781780321714 1780321716
OCLC Number: 823719908
Description: 1 online resource (306 pages)
Contents: About the author; Title page; Copyright; Table of contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Problem of Energy; Energy; Oil; Summarizing the argument; The problem of oil is 42; PART I Oil Dregs; Chapter 1: Oil and the Crash of 2007-08; Oil and money; Neoliberalism; Sprawltown; Conclusion; Chapter 2: The Century of Oil; Humans and nature; The origins of oil civilization; Figure 2.1 Sources of global carbon emissions, 1800-2010; Conclusion; Chapter 3: Consuming Miles; Consuming from afar; Dubai; From neighbourhood lives; Places for consuming; More consumers; Conclusion. Chapter 4 : Carbon Capital energy inequalities; Establishing carbon capitalism; Combating environmentalism; The noughties; Conclusion; Chapter 5: Peaking; Peak oil thesis; Figure 5.1 The discovery and consumption of oil, 1900-2030; Figure 5.2 North sea oil production, 1965-2010; Tough oil; Political peaking; Climate change and multiple crises; Conclusion; Chapter 6: The Chinese Century?; Oiling Chinese development; Chinese urbanization; Cars in China; Supertankers; China's emissions; Conclusion; Chapter 7: The Curse of Oil; There will be blood; Oil and 'troubled waters'; Norway. Democracy and oil part II Social Futures; Chapter 8: Magic Bullet Future; Energy and its futures; Magic bullet of hydrogen; Technological fixes; Conclusion; Chapter 9: Digital Lives; Digital worlds; Digitizing manufacturing; Digitizing social life; The costs of going digital; Conclusion; Chapter 10: Resource Fights; Recent resource wars; Future wars; Conclusion; Chapter 11: Low-carbon Society; The green shoots of a powered-down future; Figure 11.1 Social globalization across the world, 1970-2008; Figure 11.2 Vehicle miles traveled in the USA 1992-2011 (12-month average, billion miles/day).
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In this groundbreaking book, John Urry envisions the future of an oil-dependent world facing energy descent. Without a large-scale plan B, how can the energizing of society possibly be going into  Read more...

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'A brilliant book. A pioneering effort to fill a yawning gap in sociology - the lack of a sociology of energy.'Lord Giddens, Lab, House of Lords, London'In this fascinating book John Urry writes the Read more...

 
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