Book ID: CBB539262562

Settling the Boom: The Sites and Subjects of Bakken Oil (2023)


Mary E. Thomas (Author)
Braun, Bruce P. (Author)

University of Minnesota Press

Publication Date: 2023
Physical Details: 196
Language: English

Over the past decade, new oil plays have unsettled U.S. energy landscapes and imaginaries. Settling the Boom studies how the disruptive forces of an oil boom in the northern Great Plains are contained through the extension of settler temporalities, reassertions of heteropatriarchy, and the tethering of life to the volatility of oil and its cruel optimisms. This collection reveals the results of sustained research in Williston, North Dakota, the epicenter of the “Bakken Boom.” While the boom brought a rapid influx of capital and workers, the book questions simple timelines of before and after. Instead, Settling the Boom demonstrates how the unsettling forces of an oil play resolve through normative narratives and material and affective infrastructures that support settler colonialism’s violent extension and its gendered orders of time and space. Considering a wide range of evidence, from urban and regional policy, interviews with city officials, media, photography, and film, these essays analyze the ongoing material, aesthetic, and narrative ways of life and land in the Bakken.

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Lendel, Iryna
Ross Barrett
Åberg, Anna
Valentina Roxo
Jenny Gregory
U. K. Laing
Oil-Industry History
The Bridge: Journal of the National Academy of Engineering
Public Understanding of Science
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
Business History Review
The University of North Carolina Press
University of Minnesota Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Louisiana State University Press
Alfred A. Knopf
Petroleum industry
Oil; natural gas
Energy resources and technologies
Petroleum drilling
Science and economics
Environmental history
Hubbert, Marion King
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
United States
Ploiești (Romania)
Gulf of Mexico
Southern states (U.S.)
Twitter (firm)
United States. Geological Survey

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