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Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change

Accelerating Ride to Global Crisis

Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad (editor)

ISBN: 9781949199635

Publication Date: Oct 2020

Format: Hardback

Also available as: Paperback  

Approaching mobility not solely as a material, logistical question but as a phenomenon mediated by culture, this book interrogates popular assumptions deeply entangled with energy choices. Rethinking transportation, the contributors argue, necessarily involves fundamental understandings of consumption, freedom, and self.
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This interdisciplinary collection of eleven original essays focuses on the environmental impact of transportation, which is, as Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad and Brian C. Black note in their introduction, responsible for 26 percent of global energy use. Approaching mobility not solely as a material, logistical question but as a phenomenon mediated by culture, the book interrogates popular assumptions deeply entangled with energy choices. Rethinking transportation, the contributors argue, necessarily involves fundamental understandings of consumption, freedom, and self.

The essays in Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change cover an eclectic range of subject matter, from the association of bicycles with childhood to the songs of Bruce Springsteen, but are united in a central conviction: "Transport is a considerable part of our culture that is as hard to transform as it is for us to stop using fossil fuels - but we do not have an alternative.
Illustrations 19 illustrations
Pages 288
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Oct 2020
Publisher West Virginia University Press
Series Energy and Society
Subject/s Philosophy   Society & culture: general   Transport technology & trades   Transport: general interest   Popular culture   Pollution & threats to the environment   Conservation of the environment   Transport planning & policy  
  • Introduction: Carbonization as a Choice: Environmental Ethics, Mobility, and Energy Options
  • Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad and Brian C. Black
  • Part I: Mobility and the Environment
  • 1. Using Heritage and Ecological Systems Thinking to Inform Resilient Automobility Design
  • Barry L. Stiefel
  • 2. Bikes for Children, Cars for Adults: Postwar American Transportation Culture and the Legacy of Moving Images
  • James Longhurst
  • 3. E-Scooters and the Urban Micromobility Revolution
  • Matthew C. Swanson
  • Part II: Car Cultures
  • 4. "Carbolization": Cars, Carbon Emissions, and the Global Discipline of Automobility
  • Gordon M. Sayre
  • 5. Hydrocarbon Enslavement and Fantasies of Freedom
  • Patrick D. Murphy
  • 6. Suicide Machines: Bruce Springsteen, Ballard, and Broken Heroes on a Last Chance Power Drive
  • David LaRocca
  • 7. Remainders of the Fossil Regime: Automobility Regression in Three Post-Apocalyptic Novels
  • Brent Ryan Bellamy
  • Part III: Film, Energy, and Climate Change
  • 8. Intermodal Aesthetics and the Otherwise of Cargo
  • Megan Hayes and Jeff Diamanti
  • 9. Nature Guarding "Her Treasures" in Oil Comedies: The Case of Local Hero and Fubar: Balls to the Wall
  • Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann
  • 10. Boom/Bust: Tragic Logistics and Accelerationist Comedy in Petroleum Transport
  • C. Parker Krieg
  • 11. Trafficking in Petronormativities: At the Intersections of Petrofeminism Petrocolonialism, and Petrocapitalism
  • Sheena Wilson
  • Contributors
  • Index
Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad is a postdoctoral researcher in the department of English and American studies at the University of Vienna. She is the author of Docu-Fictions of War: U.S. Interventionism in Film and Literature and coeditor of Cultures of War in Graphic Novels: Violence, Trauma, and Memory.

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