Working for Oil, edited by Touraj Atabaki, Elisabetta Bini, and Kaveh Ehsani, provides a globally diverse array of case studies illustrating the key role that oil workers have played in the industry’s political history. Ehsani begins with a decisive claim. In recent decades global oil has seen a wave of scholarly attention. However, little notice has been paid to the people who keep the industry running. The essays that follow Ehsani’s situate labor organizing, activism, and daily experience as important to the big economic, technological, and political developments in the industry’s history. The book is the result of two international conferences, and essays come from a mix of newcomers and established authorities. If the reader was not already convinced by the introduction, jacket blurbs from important names in the field attest to the timeliness of the content.

Kaveh Ehsani begins by calling for a reevaluation of oil industry history....

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