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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Editorial Reviews

“This book is useful for scholars of oil and popular culture, but it is also an excellent resource for historians of recent American history and politics, as it contextualizes some of the broader cultural issues of the last few decades, including the decline of social capital and the surge in conservative politics.”