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- DescriptionIn recent years, the concept of peak oil -the moment when global oil production peaks and a train of ecomic, social, and political catastrophes accompany its subsequent decline-has captured the imagination of a surprisingly large number of Americans, ordinary citizens as well as scholars, and created a quiet, yet intense underground movement. In Peak Oil, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson takes readers deep inside the world of peakists, showing how their hopes and fears about the postcarbon future led them to prepare for the social breakdown they foresee-all of which are fervently discussed and debated via websites, online forums, videos, and vels. By exploring the worldview of peakists, and the unexpected way that the fear of peak oil and climate change transformed many members of this left-leaning group into survivalists, Schneider-Mayerson builds a larger analysis of the rise of libertarianism, the role of oil in modern life, the political impact of digital techlogies, the racial and gender dynamics of post-apocalyptic fantasies, and the social organization of environmental denial.
- Author BiographyMatthew Schneider-Mayerson is the Cultures of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University.
- Author(s)Matthew Schneider-Mayerson
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication27/10/2015
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight522 g
- Width150 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine23 mm
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