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Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio-economics of Oil and Gas (Paperback)
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Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio-economics of Oil and Gas (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 06/01/2012
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The impact of the oil and gas industry - paradoxically seen both as a blessing and a curse on socio-economic development - is a question at the heart of the comparative studies in this volume stretching from Northern Europe to the Caucasus, the Gulf of Guinea to Latin America.

Britain's transformation under Margaret Thatcher into a supposedly post-industrial society orientated towards consumer sovereignty was paid for with revenues from the North Sea oil industry, an industry conveniently out of sight and out of mind for many. Other case studies include resource struggles in Bolivia, oil money in Venezuela and the Azerbaijani oil boom among many others.

Drawing on bottom-up research and theoretical reflection, this book questions the political and scientific basis of current international policy that aims to address the problem of resource management through standard Western models of economic governance, institution building and national sovereignty.

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745331171
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 215 x 135 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Unsettles the field of oil studies by fusing visual, textual, historical and ethnographic approaches into a powerful whole. A path-breaking book' -- Michael Watts, Class of 63 Professor, University of California, Berkeley
'Offers fresh insights into the social relations of communities in which oil and gas are produced. It challenges lazy, catch-all concepts about oil-producing economies and raises the standard of academic debate' -- Simon Pirani, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and author of Change in Putin's Russia
'A much-needed and compelling intervention. deftly capturing the complexity of hydrocarbon conflicts' -- Suzana Sawyer, University of California, Davis, author of "Crude Chronicles" (2004) and co-editor of "The Politics of Resource Extraction" (2012)

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