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Toxic and Intoxicating Oil: Discovery, Resistance, and Justice in Aotearoa New Zealand

Toxic and Intoxicating Oil: Discovery, Resistance, and Justice in Aotearoa New Zealand (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Widener, Patricia

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When oil and gas exploration was expanding across Aotearoa New Zealand, Patricia Widener was there interviewing affected residents and environmental and climate activists, and attending community meetings and anti-drilling rallies. Exploration was occurring on an unprecedented sc...ale when oil disasters dwelled in recent memory, socioecological worries were high, campaigns for climate action were becoming global, and transitioning toward a low carbon society seemed possible. Yet unlike other communities who have experienced either an oil spill, or hydraulic fracturing, or offshore exploration, or climate fears, or disputes over unresolved Indigenous claims, New Zealanders were facing each one almost simultaneously. Collectively, these grievances created the foundation for an organized civil society to construct and then magnify a comprehensive critical oil narrative--in dialogue, practice, and aspiration. Community advocates and socioecological activists mobilized for their health and well-being, for their neighborhoods and beaches, for Planet Earth and Planet Ocean, and for terrestrial and aquatic species and ecosystems. They rallied against toxic, climate-altering pollution; the extraction of fossil fuels; a myriad of historic and contemporary inequities; and for local, just, and sustainable communities, ecologies, economies, and/or energy sources. In this allied ethnography, quotes are used extensively to convey the tenor of some of the country's most passionate and committed people. By analyzing the intersections of a social movement and the political economy of oil, Widener reveals a nuanced story of oil resistance and promotion at a time when many anti-drilling activists believed themselves to be on the front lines of the industry's inevitable decline.
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ISBN 9781978805033
Released NZ 30 Mar 2021
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9781978805033
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Rutgers University Press
Released 30 Mar 2021
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Widener, Patricia
Category Indigenous Peoples
Public Administration
International Relations
International Economics
Gas Industries
Petroleum & Oil Industries
Petroleum Technology
Environmental Engineering & Technology
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand
Number of Pages 270
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Dewey Code 338.27280993
Weight 368g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Petroleum industry and trade - New Zealand, Petroleum industry and trade - Environmental aspects - New Zealand, Petroleum - Prospecting - New Zealand
NBS Text Government & Constitution
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly