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The Power of Oil

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 24 April 2013

The Power of oil - Laurie Taylor presents a special programme which explores the role of oil in shaping our society, economy and environment. He talks to James Marriott of Platform, co-author with Mika Minio-Paluello of 'The Oil Road'. Their research took them from the oil fields of the Caspian Sea to the refineries and financial centres of Northern Europe.
They're also joined by Tim Mitchell whose work focuses on the relationship between democracy and oil and John Urry, whose latest book pioneers a sociology of energy, analysing our carbon addiction in the light of ever dwindling resources. Is an oil free society possible or desirable?

Producer: Jayne Egerton.

  • James Marriott

    Writer, artist, activist and naturalist; and one of the Co-Directors of Platform


    The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London

    Authors James Marriott, Mika Minio-Paluello

    Publisher: Verso

    ISBN-10: 1844676463

    ISBN-13: 978-1844676460

  • John Urry

    Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University 


    Find out more about John Urry


    Societies Beyond Oil: Oil Dregs and Social Futures

    Publisher: Zed Books Ltd

    ISBN-10: 1780321686

    ISBN-13: 978-1780321684

  • Timothy Mitchell

    Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University, and political theorist and historian


    Find out more about Timothy Mitchell


    Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

    Publisher: Verso Books

    ISBN-10: 1781681163

    ISBN-13: 978-1781681169

  • Book information


    by Upton Sinclair

    Publisher: University of California Press

    ISBN-10: 0520207270

    ISBN-13: 978-0520207271


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