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New article in Energy Research & Social Science

2021-01-20

Oscar Svensson has a new article out in Energy Research & Social Science, titled "The matter of energy emerges: Bridging the divide between conflicting conceptions of energy resources". See the abstract below and read the full article here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101895.

Abstract

After decades of theoretical neglect of material properties and relations, a much welcome material turn within social science energy research has recently raised discussions of materiality to the centre of current debates. So far, the efforts to rematerialize energy has to a large extent drawn on new materialist thinking. Against the substantivalist conception of energy resources as self-standing natural things with inherent properties new materialists have developed relational conceptions that are anti-essentialist and emphasize indeterminacy, contingency, and unruliness. This article critically and constructively discusses new materialism, some of its limitations and problems, and how a critical realist perspective can resolve these. Based on the concept of emergence, a stratified conception of natural resources is developed, which seeks to dialectically sublate conceptions of natural resources as either things-in-themselves with intrinsic properties or relational effects.