Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism And Libertarian Political Culture by Matthew Schneider-mayersonPeak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism And Libertarian Political Culture by Matthew Schneider-mayerson

Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism And Libertarian Political Culture

byMatthew Schneider-mayerson

Paperback | October 14, 2015

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In recent years, the concept of “peak oil”—the moment when global oil production peaks and a train of economic, 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 novels. 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 technologies, the racial and gender dynamics of post-apocalyptic fantasies, and the social organization of environmental denial.
Matthew Schneider-Mayerson is assistant professor of social sciences (environmental studies) at Yale-NUS College, Singapore.
Title:Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism And Libertarian Political CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 14, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022628543X

ISBN - 13:9780226285436

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“A compelling and nuanced account of the peak oil movement in the era of climate crisis. . . . In this timely, engaging, well-written, and accessible book, Schneider-Mayerson argues that a libertarian shift in culture within the context of environmental crisis explains the individualistic behavior of peakists even as they, in line with their overwhelmingly liberal political ideologies, recognize the need for collective action. Peak Oil pushes readers to recognize the urgent need for political action on climate change while simultaneously providing a thoughtful and sympathetic explanation for why so many people respond to environmental crisis in individualistic ways. . . . Peak Oil is an impressive example of using analysis of a little-known movement to shed light on broader social trends in the United States that inform imaginaries of the future in response to climate change.”