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2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016 - 2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ANT 4610 - Anthropology of Energy (3)

When Offered: Fall. Alternate years
This course explores anthropological dimensions of energy, with energy understood as the power to utilize physical and natural resources. In particular, we will look at the cultural politics of energy production and consumption in North American and global contexts. Using anthropological approaches to science and technology, we will consider how energy is never solely a techno-scientific process, but is fundamentally a social practice, always embedded in complex, uneven relations of power. In other words, we consider how the production of “power” concerns the materiality of generating electricity, heat, nuclear weapons, and other sources of fuel from natural resources, but at the same time, also concerns the politics of infrastructure, human difference, and trans-local networks of social action.
Students who have previously received credit for ANT 4611  may not enroll in or receive credit for ANT 4610.