Combined Academic Publishers


9780822363828: Hardback
Release Date: 26th February 2018

9780822369028: Paperback
Release Date: 26th February 2018

35 illustrations

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 424

Series Experimental Futures

Duke University Press Books


Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds

Sara Ann Wylie traces the history of fracking in the United States and how scientists, nonprofits, landowners, and everyday people are coming together to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable through the creation of digital platforms and databases that document fracking's devastating environmental and human health impacts.
Hardback / £84.00
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From flammable tap water and sick livestock to the recent onset of hundreds of earthquakes in Oklahoma, the impact of fracking in the United States is far-reaching and deeply felt. In Fractivism Sara Ann Wylie traces the history of fracking and the ways scientists and everyday people are coming together to hold accountable an industry that has managed to evade regulation. Beginning her story in Colorado, Wylie shows how nonprofits, landowners, and community organizers are creating novel digital platforms and databases to track unconventional oil and gas well development and document fracking's environmental and human health impacts. These platforms model alternative approaches for academic and grassroots engagement with the government and the fossil fuel industry. A call to action, Fractivism outlines a way forward for not just the fifteen million Americans who live within a mile of an unconventional oil or gas well, but for the planet as a whole.

Preface  ix
Acknowledgments  xiii
Introduction. An STS Analysis of Natural Gas Development in the United States  1
1. Securing the Natural Gas Boom: Oilfield Service Companies and Hydraulic Fracturing's Regulatory Exemptions  19
2. Methods for Following Chemicals: Seeing a Disruptive System and Forming a Disruptive Science  41
3. HEIRship: TEDX and Collective Inheritance  64
4. Stimulating Debate: Fracking, HEIRship, and TEDX's Generative Database  86
5. Industrial Relations and an Introduction to STS in Practice  115
6. ExtrAct: A Case Study in Methods for STS in Practice  137
7. Landman Report Card: Developing Web Tools for Socially Contentious Issues  165
8. From LRC to WellWatch: Designing Infrastructure for Participatory and Recursive Publics  191
9. WellWatch: Reflections on Designing Digital Media for Multisited Para-ethnography of Industrial Systems  219
10. The Fossil-Fuel Connection (with coauthor Len Albright)  247
Conclusion. Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds: A Call for Industrial Embodiment  279
Notes  305
References  333
Index  383

Sara Ann Wylie is Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Sciences at Northeastern University.