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Combustion and Society: A Fire-Centred History of Energy Use

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Combustion and Society : A Fire-Centred History of Energy Use. / Clark, Nigel; Yusoff, Kathryn.

In: Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 31, No. 5, 09.2014, p. 203-226.

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Clark, Nigel ; Yusoff, Kathryn. / Combustion and Society : A Fire-Centred History of Energy Use. In: Theory, Culture and Society. 2014 ; Vol. 31, No. 5. pp. 203-226.

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title = "Combustion and Society: A Fire-Centred History of Energy Use",
abstract = "Fire 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 {\textquoteleft}pyrotechnology{\textquoteright} scholars, the paper proposes that the generalized study of combustion is a key to contextualizing human energetic practices within a broader {\textquoteleft}economy{\textquoteright} of terrestrial and cosmic energy flows. We examine the relatively recent turn towards fossil-fuelled {\textquoteleft}internal combustion{\textquoteright} in the light of a much longer human history of {\textquoteleft}broadcast{\textquoteright} 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.",
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