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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.

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28 minutes

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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