Crude Domination: An Anthropology of Oil

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Beghahn Books, 2011 - Business & Economics - 325 pages

Crude Domination is an innovative and important book about a critical topic - oil. While there have been numerous works about petroleum from 'experience-far' perspectives, there have been relatively few that have turned the 'experience-near' ethnographic gaze of anthropology on the topic. Crude Domination does just this among more peoples and more places than any other volume. Its chapters investigate nuances of culture, politics and economics in Africa, Latin America, and Eurasia as they pertain to petroleum. They wrestle with the key questions vexing scholars and practitioners alike: problems of the economic blight of the resource curse, underdevelopment, democracy, violence and war. Additionally they address topics that may initially appear insignificant - such as child witches and lionmen, fighting for oil when there is no oil, reindeer nomadism, community TV - but which turn out on closer scrutiny to be vital for explaining conflict and transformation in petro-states. Based upon these rich, new worlds of information, the text formulates a novel, domination approach to the social analysis of oil.

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About the author (2011)

Andrea Behrends is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and former Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. She has done extensive research on regional conflict and integration, specializing on the Chad–Sudan border. Her publications include a book on Northern Ghanaian elite women and a number of articles.

Stephen Reyna is a Researcher at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute of the University of Manchester, UK as well as a Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. He is founder and the first editor of the journal Anthropological Theory, was editor of the War and Society Monograph Series, and a member of the editorial boards of Reviews in Anthropology and Focaal. His many publications cover all areas of social anthropology.

Günther Schlee is a Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology where he leads a department with researchers working on integration and conflict. He is the author and editor of many books and numerous articles, editor of Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, the oldest German scholarly journal of anthropology, and member of the editorial board of Nomadic Peoples.