The conditions of the Anthropocene, and the relative novelty of renewable energy forms, demonstrate the experimental plasticity of our era. Existing infrastructures of energy, political power, and capital can resist the more revolutionary ambitions of renewable energy to mitigate climate change and promote collaborative energy production, such as community-owned wind parks. Even when states adopt bold energy transition targets, as Mexico has done, the methods of transition can be deeply problematic.
Aeolian Extractivism and Community Wind in Southern Mexico
Cymene Howe is an associate professor of anthropology at Rice University. She is the author of Intimate Activism (2013) and Ecologics: Wind and Power in the Anthropocene (forthcoming)—a collaborative, multimedia duograph that analyzes the contingent social and material formations of renewable energy. Her theoretical interests center on the overlapping conversations between feminist and queer theory, materialisms, multispecies ethnography, ethics, and imaginaries of the future in the Anthropocene.
Dominic Boyer is a professor of anthropology at Rice University and founding director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences. His most recent books are The Life Informatic (2013) and the coedited volume Theory Can Be More Than It Used to Be (2015). His next book project, a collaborative multimedia duograph with Cymene Howe, explores the energopolitical complexities of wind power development in southern Mexico.
Cymene Howe, Dominic Boyer; Aeolian Extractivism and Community Wind in Southern Mexico. Public Culture 1 May 2016; 28 (2 (79)): 215–235. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-3427427
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