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The Birth of Energy

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ISBN: 9781478090007 9781478006329 Year: Pages: 280 DOI: 10.1215/9781478090007 Language: English
Publisher: Duke University Press
Subject: Environmental Sciences --- Political Science
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In The Birth of Energy Cara New Daggett traces the genealogy of contemporary notions of energy back to the nineteenth-century science of thermodynamics to challenge the underlying logic that informs today's uses of energy. These early resource-based concepts of power first emerged during the Industrial Revolution and were tightly bound to Western capitalist domination and the politics of industrialized work. As Daggett shows, thermodynamics was deployed as an imperial science to govern fossil fuel use, labor, and colonial expansion, in part through a hierarchical ordering of humans and nonhumans. By systematically excavating the historical connection between energy and work, Daggett argues that only by transforming the politics of work—most notably, the veneration of waged work—will we be able to confront the Anthropocene's energy problem. Substituting one source of energy for another will not ensure a habitable planet; rather, the concepts of energy and work themselves must be decoupled.

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ISBN: 9780816530953 9780816539215 Year: DOI: 10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816539215 Language: English
Publisher: University of Arizona Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102402
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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With global wildlife populations and biodiversity riches in peril, it is obvious that innovative methods of addressing our planet’s environmental problems are needed. But is “the market” the answer? Nature™ Inc. brings together cutting-edge research by respected scholars from around the world to analyze how “neoliberal conservation” is reshaping human–nature relations.

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