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Peak OilApocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture$
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Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226285269

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226285573.001.0001

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White Masculinity and Post-Apocalyptic Retrosexuality

White Masculinity and Post-Apocalyptic Retrosexuality

(p.129) Five White Masculinity and Post-Apocalyptic Retrosexuality
Peak Oil

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson

University of Chicago Press

Why were most peakists white males? This chapter explores the racial and gender dynamics of the peak oil movement using survey responses, online forum comments and peak oil fiction. It explains the demographic composition of the peak oil movement with reference to early twenty-first century white male fears that gender equality and immigration would erode their own privilege. These fears were aggravated by long-term political economic changes (such as deindustrialization) and the recent economic recession, which led some male peakists to posit (or hope for) surprising developments in the post-carbon future: the reversal of feminism and a return to a mythical pioneer masculinity (‘retrosexuality’). With these issues in mind, it analyzes the gendered and raced individualism and false meritocracy of many recent post-apocalyptic fantasies, from peak oil visions to the zombie survival scenarios, via analyses of the television show Revolution (2012-2014) and other popular culture.

Keywords:   whiteness, masculinity, post-apocalypse, de-industrialization, revolution, retrosexuality, gender, race

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