ANTHC 401.61 Anthropology & Energy
M/Th 2:45-4pm HN C002
Prof. Leo Coleman
Turn on a light bulb, swipe your metrocard, fill up at the gas pump: these daily activities make each of us part of a giant technological system for the production and distribution of energy. But what social and political forces led to the development of today’s integrated energy systems, and how do our energy-intensive lifestyles affect us, other people, and our shared environment? This course offers an in-depth survey of cultures of energy production and consumption in the contemporary world, and an opportunity to develop informed answers to the important questions facing us as both city-dwellers and global citizens. How are diverse societies and cultures connected by the production and consumption of energy? How do current patterns of energy use shape contemporary social life and our imagination of the future? Drawing on case-studies from the developed and the developing world, and examining sites of both the production and consumption of energy, this course offers an advanced introduction to the anthropology of science & technology and is an ideal elective for students interested in environmentalism, climate change, global power & politics, or technology & society.
No departmental prerequisites—open to all interested students
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