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Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital

Matthew T. Huber


If our oil addiction is so bad for us, why don’t we kick the habit? Looking beyond the usual culprits—Big Oil, petro states, and the strategists of empire—this book finds a deeper and more complex explanation in everyday practices of oil consumption in American culture. Those practices, the text suggests, have in fact been instrumental in shaping the broader cultural politics of American capitalism. How did gasoline and countless other petroleum products become so central to our notions of the American way of life? The book traces the answer from the 1930s through the oil shocks of the 1970s t ... More

Keywords: oil, Big Oil, petro states, American culture, American capitalism, gasoline, petroleum products, oil shocks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677849
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew T. Huber, author
Assistant Professor, Geography, Syracuse University