[bksvol-discuss] Submitted/nonfiction

  • From: "Deborah Murray" <blinkeeblink@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 10:20:51 -0500

Hi all,

 

I've just submitted for proofing "Carbon Democracy: Political Power In The
Age Of Oil" by Timothy Mitchell.

 

It's been read and spell-checked. All headers stripped, page numbers/chapter
titles present, footnotes formatted, all fonts adjusted.

278 pages.

 

Description:

Oil is a curse, it is often said, that condemns the countries producing it
to an existence defined by war, corruption and enormous inequality.  Carbon
Democracy tells a more complex story, arguing that no nation escapes the
political consequences of our collective dependence on oil.  It shapes the
body politic both in regions such as the Middle East, which rely upon
revenues from oil production, and in the places that have the greatest
demand for energy.  Timothy Mitchell begins with the history of coal power
to tell a radical new story about the rise of democracy.  Coal was a source
of energy so open to disruption that oligarchies in the West became
vulnerable for the first time to mass demands for democracy.  In the
mid-twentieth century, however, the development of cheap and abundant energy
from oil, most notably from the Middle East, offered a means to reduce this
vulnerability to democratic pressures.  The abundance of oil made it
possible for the first time in history to reorganize political life around
the management of something now called "the economy" and the promise of its
infinite growth.  The politics of the West became dependent on an
undemocratic Middle East.  In the twenty-first century, the oil-based forms
of modern democratic politics have become unsustainable.  Foreign
intervention and military rule are faltering in the Middle East, while
governments everywhere appear incapable of addressing the crises that
threaten to end the age of carbon democracy-the disappearance of cheap
energy and the carbon-fuelled collapse of the ecological order.  In making
the production of energy the central force shaping the democratic age,
Carbon Democracy rethinks the history of energy, the politics of nature, the
theory of democracy, and the place of the Middle East in our common world.

 

Deborah

 

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