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Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson


The first detailed study of the ‘peak oil movement,’ this book combines sociology, literary criticism, history and environmental studies to explore an early twenty-first century environmental social movement and its implications for American politics, contemporary social movements, and environmental issues, including climate change. It describes the ideology of ‘peakism’ and the actions taken by over 100,000 peak oil believers to prepare for the post-carbon future, and places this group in the historical context of beliefs about scarcity and abundance in recent American history. A group of lef ... More

Keywords: peak oil, libertarianism, environmental humanities, Apocalypticism, environmental politics, climate change, oil, energy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226285269
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226285573.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, author
Yale-NUS College