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dc.contributor.authorClark, Nen_US
dc.contributor.authorYusoff, Ken_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-10T14:35:18Z
dc.date.issued2014-01-01en_US
dc.identifier.issn0263-2764en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://tcs.sagepub.com/content/31/5/203.abstract
dc.identifier.urihttp://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/handle/123456789/7653
dc.description.abstractFire is a force that links everyday human activities to some of the most powerful energetic movements of the Earth. Drawing together the energy-centred social theory of Georges Bataille, the fire-centred environmental history of Stephen Pyne, and the work of a number of ‘pyrotechnology’ scholars, the paper proposes that the generalized study of combustion is a key to contextualizing human energetic practices within a broader ‘economy’ of terrestrial and cosmic energy flows. We examine the relatively recent turn towards fossil-fuelled ‘internal combustion’ in the light of a much longer human history of ‘broadcast’ burning of vegetation and of artisanal pyrotechnologies – the use of heat to transform diverse materials. A combustion-centred analysis, it is argued, brings human collective life into closer contact with the geochemical and geologic conditions of earthly existence, while also pointing to the significance of explorative, experimental and even playful dispositions towards energy and matter. © 2014, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.format.extent203 - 226en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofTheory, Culture & Societyen_US
dc.titleCombustion and Society: A Fire-Centred History of Energy Useen_US
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0263276414536929en_US
pubs.issue5en_US
pubs.notesNot knownen_US
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden_US
pubs.volume31en_US


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