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10 January 2013
ISBN: 9781780321684
304 pages
190 x 129mm

Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Politics, Sociology and Social Policy

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Societies beyond Oil

Oil Dregs and Social Futures

John Urry


'A brilliant book. A pioneering effort to fill a yawning gap in sociology - the lack of a sociology of energy.' - Lord Giddens, Lab, House of Lords, London

'In this fascinating book John Urry writes the paradigmatic narrative of the power of oil, which made the modern dream: a highly mobile civilization. We (the globalized world) can neither live with oil nor without it. What future modernities, then, are lying beyond oil?' - Professor Ulrich Beck, Institute for Sociology, München

'One of Europe's most celebrated social thinkers offers an incisive, at times disturbing, analysis of the obstacles to breaking our civilization's carbon addiction.' - Michael Ryan Davis, Professor in Creative Writing, U. C. Riverside

' "Societies Beyond Oil" is a remarkably comprehensive survey of a huge field. To this vital subject area, John Urry brings his own unique understanding drawn from a deep study of issues around mobilities. Refreshingly clear and flowing with style, the book sparkles with insights and ideas.' - Platform, www.platformlondon.org

About the Author:

John Urry is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University. Educated University of Cambridge (BA/MA Economics, PhD Sociology), he is the editor of the International Library of Sociology; Co-editor of Mobilities and Director of the Lancaster Centre for Mobilities Research. His recent books include Automobilities (2005), Mobilities, Networks, Geographies (2006), Mobilities (2007), Aeromobilities (2009), After the Car (2009), Mobile Lives (2010), Mobile Methods (2011), The Tourist Gaze 3.0 (2011) and Climate Change and Society (2011).