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JRAI Special Issue Launch: Energy and Ethics?

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JRAI Special Issue Launch

Energy and Ethics?

with the special issue guest editors Dr Mette M. High (Univerity of St Andrews) and Dr Jessica M. Smith (Colorado School of Mines)

Friday 4 October at 5.30 pm

Energy rises, if not demands, vital and vexing ethical questions. In what ways does energy contribute to or imperil the kinds of lives and societies that we desire for ourselves and our others? How does the production, distribution, use, and disposal of energy relate to what we consider to be right or good? Anthropologists have studied energy encounters for many decades. However, the frameworks that have become most dominant in the discipline have narrowed the ways in which scholars seek to understand these energy dilemmas. This volume presents issues of our time. The contributors demonstrate how ethics emerge through people’s everyday thoughts and practices, whether they work in renewables, nuclear energy, or fossil fuels or in industry, policy, or advocacy; and whether they distribute, produce, or consume energy. This volume shows how to create an analytical space in which we can attend to people’s own experiences and evaluations without uncritically imposing judgements of how we would like the world to be. By attending to the broader political and economic contexts in which these everyday energy encounters take place, this volume draws attention to the plurality and complexity that characterize the multiple and overlapping ‘ethical worlds’ in which we, our interlocutors, and other beings participate.

You can see the Special Issue online here https://rai.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14679655/2019/25/S1

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