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Book/Printed Material The birth of energy : fossil fuels, thermodynamics, and the politics of work

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Title

  • The birth of energy : fossil fuels, thermodynamics, and the politics of work

Summary

  • "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"-- -- Provided by publisher.

Names

  • Daggett, Cara New, 1980- author.

Created / Published

  • Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.

Contents

  • Putting the world to work -- The birth of energy -- The novelty of energy -- A steampunk production -- A geo-theology of energy -- Work becomes energetic -- Energy, race, and empire -- Energopolitics -- The imperial organism at work -- Education for empire -- A post-work energy politics.

Headings

  • -  Energy consumption--Environmental aspects
  • -  Energy consumption--History
  • -  Energy industries
  • -  Energy policy
  • -  Power resources--Economic aspects--History
  • -  Power resources--History
  • -  Power resources--Political aspects--History

Notes

  • -  Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • -  Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher; resource not viewed.

Medium

  • 1 online resource

Call Number/Physical Location

  • HD9502.A2

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2019980864

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Access Advisory

  • Unrestricted online access

Online Format

  • image
  • epub

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Chicago citation style:

Daggett, Cara New, Author. The Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics, and the Politics of Work. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/2019980864/.

APA citation style:

Daggett, C. N. (2019) The Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics, and the Politics of Work. Durham: Duke University Press. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2019980864/.

MLA citation style:

Daggett, Cara New, Author. The Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics, and the Politics of Work. Durham: Duke University Press, 2019. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2019980864/>.