Societies Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs and Social Futures

Societies Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs and Social Futures

John Urry

Language: English

Pages: 273


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This groundbreaking book, from a distinguished sociologist, examines the profound adjustments required to live in a world where oil is no longer an easily-available energy source. It considers what societies that are powering down would be like; what lessons can be learned from the past; will rationing systems or the market allocate scarce energy? Can virtual worlds solve energy problems? What levels of income and wellbeing would be likely? Urry analyzes how the twentieth century created a kind of mirage of the future that is unsustainable into even the medium term and envisions the future of an oil-dependent world facing energy descent. Without a large-scale plan B, how can the energizing of society possibly be going into reverse?




















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