The Power of Oil
New research on how society works. Laurie Taylor explores the role of oil in shaping our society and economy.
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.
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
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
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
by Upton Sinclair
Publisher: University of California Press