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Ethnographies of Power: A Political Anthropology of Energy

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Ethnographies of Power

A Political Anthropology of Energy

Edited by Tristan Loloum, Simone Abram and Nathalie Ortar

Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

208 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-979-2 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2021)

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“The strengths of the collection lie primarily in the papers’ rich ethnographic examination of the everyday politics engendered by state-initiated and/or directed energy flows and extractions – on existing, typically rural practices with their own temporality and logics.” • Thomas F. Love, Linfield College


Energy related infrastructures are crucial to political organization. They shape the contours of states and international bodies, as well as corporations and communities, framing their material existence and their fears and idealisations of the future. Ethnographies of Power brings together ethnographic studies of contemporary entanglements of energy and political power. Revisiting classic anthropological notions of power, it asks how changing energy related infrastructures are implicated in the consolidation, extension or subversion of contemporary political regimes and discovers what they tell us about politics today.

Tristan Loloum is a senior researcher and guest lecturer at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). His research on energy and society explores the role of culture and politics on the public understanding of power infrastructure. His other research interests include repair and maintenance practices, tourism and social change, cultural heritage and the environment.

Simone Abram is Professor of Anthropology at Durham University and co-director of the Durham Energy Institute. She directs the innovative interdisciplinary MSc in Energy and Society at Durham University, and from 2016 until 2021 she is a co-investigator at the UK National Centre for Energy Systems Integration.

Nathalie Ortar is a senior researcher in anthropology at the ENTPE. Her research interests focus on the meaning of dwelling as well as on the consequences of energy transition in daily life and its moral and symbolic implications.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Political and Economic Anthropology Environmental Studies (General)

Ethnographies of Power Edited by Tristan Loloum, Simone Abram and Nathalie Ortar is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

OA ISBN: 978-1-80073-038-0


List of Illustrations

Introduction: Politicizing Energy Anthropology
Tristan Loloum, Simone Abram and Nathalie Ortar

Chapter 1. Southern Spectrums: The Raw to the Smooth Edges of Energopower
Raminder Kaur

Chapter 2. Ecuadorian Amazonia amidst Energy Transitions
Chris Hebdon

Chapter 3. ‘Nepal’s Water, the People’s Investment’? Hydropolitical Volumes and Speculative Refrains
Austin Lord and Matthäus Rest

Chapter 4. Energopolitics in Times of Climate Change: Productive and Unproductive Politics of Energy Infrastructures in Poland
Aleksandra Lis

Chapter 5. The Earth is Trembling, and We Are Shaken: Governmentality and Resistance in the Groningen Gas Field
Elisabeth N. Moolenaar

Chapter 6. Delving at the Core of Everyday Life: Between Power Legacies and Political Struggles, the Case of Wood-Burning Stoves in France
Nathalie Ortar

Afterword: People Thinking Energetically
Leo Coleman


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