Carbon Capitalism. Energy, Social Reproduction and World Order

Carbon Capitalism. Energy, Social Reproduction and World Order.
Di Muzio, Tim (2015). London and New York. Rowman & Littlefield International. (Book; English).

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Modern civilization and the social reproduction of capitalism are bound inextricably with fossil fuel consumption. But as carbon energy resources become scarcer, what implications will this have for energy-intensive modes of life? Can renewable energy sustain high levels of accumulation? Or will we witness the end of existing capitalist economies? This book provides an innovative and timely study that mobilizes a new theory of capitalism to explain the rise and fall of petro-market civilization. Di Muzio investigates how theorists of political economy have largely taken energy for granted and illuminates how the exploitation of fossil fuels increased the universalization and magnitude of capital accumulation. He then examines the likelihood of renewable resources providing a feasible alternative and asks whether they can beat peak oil prices to sustain food production, health care, science and democracy. Using the capital as power framework, this book considers the unevenly experienced consequences of monetizing fossil fuels for people and the planet.



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accumulation capital as power fossil fuels market civilization perpetual war social reproduction


BN Power
BN Resistance
BN Agency
BN Value & Price
BN Business Enterprise
BN Capital & Accumulation
BN Civilization & Social Systems
BN Class
BN Cooperation & Collective Action
BN Culture
BN Distribution
BN Ideology
BN Institutions

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Jonathan Nitzan

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28 Sep 2015 02:27

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