Parution : Nelida Fuccaro, Mandana Limbert (eds), Life Worlds of Middle Eastern Oil. Histories and Ethnographies of Black Gold, Edinburgh University Press, 2023



Life Worlds of Middle Eastern Oil
Histories and Ethnographies of Black Gold

Edited by Nelida Fuccaro, Mandana Limbert






Studies how oil has shaped the societies and cultures of the modern and contemporary Middle East

  • Proposes a new research agenda for the study of oil’s varied lives in the modern and contemporary Middle East
  • Includes 13 case studies, including 2 photo essays by leading artists and designers
  • Takes a thematic approach to promote interdisciplinary thinking
  • Presents contributions from leading historians and anthropologists, world-renown artists, curators and designers, and younger scholars who are developing an outstanding research portfolio on oil

This volume explores the ways petroleum as an industry and substance has moulded the social, cultural and artistic life of the Middle East. Rather than tackle the powers of this crucial resource from the perspective of macro-economics, impersonal rentier states and large corporations, this book ‘brings oil back’ into the ebbs and flows of Middle Eastern life. It focuses on the ways petroleum mediates and is mediated by national formations and imaginaries, visual practices, as well as scientific, business and artistic production. In focusing on the largest oil producing and exporting region in the world, this volume sheds light on the effects and affects of petroleum’s presence within and beyond the oil-industry.

234 mm x 156mm
296 pages
32 black and white illustrations, 38 colour illustrations and 4 maps
Published January 2023 (Hardback)
Hardback: 9781399506144


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