Oxford Handbook of Energy and Society

ISBN : 9780190633851

Dr. Debra J. Davidson; Dr. Matthias Gross
600 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Sep 2018
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The Oxford Handbook of Energy and Society presents an overview of this expanding area that has evolved dramatically over the past decade, away from one largely dominated by structural, political economic treatments on the one hand, and social-psychological studies of individual-level attitudes and behaviors on the other, toward a far more conceptually and methodologically rich and exciting field that brings in, for example, social practices, system complexity, risk theory, social studies of science, and social movements theories. This volume seeks to capture the variety of scales and methods, and range of both conceptual and empirical analyses that define the field, while drawing particular attention to indigenous peoples, poverty, political power, communities and cities. Organized into seven sections, chapters cover social theory and energy-society relations, political-economic perspectives, consumption dynamics, energy equity and energy poverty, energy and publics, energy and governance, as well as emerging trends.


Part I. Energy and Society: Key Contemporary Dynamics and Theoretical Contributions
1. A Time of Change, a Time for Change: Energy-Society Relations in the 21st Century
Debra J. Davidson and Matthias Gross
2. Energy, Climate Change, and Global Governance: The 2015 Paris Agreement in Perspective
John Vogler
3.Energy Consumption as Part of Social Practices: The Alternative Approach of Practice Theory
Ana Horta
4. Analyzing the Socio-Technical Transformation of Energy Systems: The Concept of 'Sustainability Transitions'
Harald Rohracher
Part II. Structural/Political-Economic Perspectives: The Persistent Material and Geopolitical Relevance of Fossil Fuels
5. National Energy Signatures: Energetics, Money, and the Structure of the Global System
Jalel Sager
6. Energy Markets and Trading
David Mares
7. Raw Materialism and Socioeconomic Change in the Coal Industry
Paul S. Ciccantell and Paul K. Gellert
8. The International Political Economy of Eastern European Energy Security: Russia, Ukraine, and the EU
Jack D. Sharples
Part III. Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Consumption Dynamics
9. Energy Consumption Trends Across the Globe
Richard York
10. Shifts in Energy Consumption Driven by Urbanization
Perry Sadorsky
11. Theorizing the Behavioral Dimension of Energy Consumption: Energy Efficiency and the Value-Action Gap
Marilyn A. Brown and Benjamin K. Sovacool
12. Energy Cultures as Sociomaterial Orders of Energy
Thomas Pfister and Martin Schweighofer
13. The Limits of Household Change: Structural Influences over Individual Consumption
Janet A. Lorenzen
Part IV. Is Energy a Human Right? Perspectives on Energy Equity, and Energy Poverty
14. Decreasing Supplies, Increasing Risks in Oil Development
Christine Shearer
15. Industrializing Countries as the New Energy Consumers
Paulo Manduca, Mauro Berni, Iure Paiva, and Jose Alexandre Hage
16. Energy Poverty, Energy Equity in a World of High Demand and Low Supply
Karl-Michael Brunner, Sylvia Mandl, and Harriet Thomson
17. Energy Poverty and Climate Change: Elements to Debate
Marcio Giannini Pereira, Neilton Fidelis da Silva, and Marcos A.V. Freitas
Part V. Energy and Publics
18. Local Responses to Renewable Energy Development
Ana Delicado
19. User Innovation and Peer Assistance in Small-Scale Renewable Energy Technologies
Sampsa Hyysalo and Jouni Juntunen
20. The Role of Media Influence in Shaping Public Energy Dialogues
Aleksandra Wagner
Part VI. Energy (Re)takes Center-Stage in Politics and Motivates Shifts in Governance
21. Social Movements and Energy
Ion Bogdan Vasi
22. Nightmares and Dreams: Contested Framing of Unconventional Fossil Fuels
Jennifer Dodge
23. Oil Opposition: Creating Friction in Energy Politics
Mark CJ Stoddart, Jillian Rene Smith, and Paula Graham
24. The Local at the Forefront of Energy Transition: The Example of the Development of Renewable Electricity in Germany and Sweden
Cyria Emelianoff
Part VII. Emerging Trends with the Potential to Generate Significant Shifts in the Energy Society Relationship
25. Are We on the Cusp of a Global Renewable Energy Transition?
Sybille Roehrkasten
26. Technological Optimism in Climate Mitigation: The Case of Carbon Capture and Storage
Jennie C. Stephens and Nils Markusson
27. Exnovation as a Necessary Factor in Successful Energy Transitions
Martin David
28. In Closing: From 'energy' to 'Energy'
Matthias Gross and Debra J. Davidson

About the author: 

Debra J. Davidson is Professor of Environmental Sociology in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her primary areas of teaching and research include the social dimensions of energy food systems, with special interest in the impacts on, and the observed and potential institutional transformation in, energy and food systems due to climate change. She is co-author of Challenging Legitimacy at the Precipice of Energy Calamity, with Mike Gismondi (2011), and co-editor of Consuming Sustainability: Critical Perspectives on Socio-ecological Change, with Kirstin Hatt (2005).; Matthias Gross is Professor of Environmental Sociology at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ in Leipzig, Germany, and by joint appointment, the University of Jena, Germany. His recent research focuses on the changing role of civil society, alternative energy systems, the sociology of engineering, real world experiments, ecological design, renewable energy systems, risk and ignorance, and theories of the knowledge society. He is a founding editor of the journal Nature + Culture. Book publications in English include Ignorance and Surprise: Science, Society, and Ecological Design (2010), Renewable Energies (2014, with Rudiger Mautz), the Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies (edited with Linsey McGoey, 2015), and Green European: Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes in Europe in a Historical and Cross-Cultural Comparative Perspective (2017, co-editor with Audrone Telesiene).

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