top_1_963_35.JPG
top_2_1.jpg top_2_2.jpg
 
 
  HOME   PUBLISH   DONATE   ABOUT   CONTACT   HELP   SEARCH  
 
   
Oil in Troubled Waters
Perceptions, Politics, and the Battle Over Offshore Drilling
Oil in Troubled Waters
Click on image to enlarge

William R. Freudenburg - Author
Robert Gramling - Author
SUNY series in Environmental Public Policy
Price: $52.50 
Hardcover - 179 pages
Release Date: April 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-1881-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1881-9

Quantity:  
Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 179 pages
Release Date: April 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-1882-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1882-6

Quantity:  
Available as a Google eBook
for other eReaders and tablet devices.
Click icon below...


Summary Read First Chapter image missing

In some coastal regions of the United States, such as western Louisiana, offshore oil development has long been welcomed. In others, such as northern California, it has been vehemently opposed. This book explores the reasons behind this paradox, looking at the people, the regions, and the issues in sociological and historical contexts.

What has been in very short supply on this issue, as in a growing number of other cases of technological gridlock, is balanced analysis. That is what this book provides. The authors' case studies, derived from interviews with Louisiana and California residents and from environmental impact statements, demonstrate that easy answers are not the most valid ones. The region that should be considered unusual, they find, is coastal Louisiana, where historical, social, and environmental factors combine to favor the offshore oil industry. But this combination of factors, they argue, is unlikely to be found in other coastal regions of the U.S. in the near future.

"This book is extremely well written, so that it reads like an interesting story, even as it chronicles the intermingling of a complex set of cultural, historical, political, economic, and technological factors. It is an excellent sociological analysis which challenges the reader's taken-for-granted assumptions about the nature of offshore drilling and carefully documents the reasons behind the different perceptions and experiences of California and Louisiana residents. The current status of offshore drilling is meaningfully framed by a cultural history of the political economy of the two states." -- Jean Blocker, University of Tulsa

William R. Freudenburg is Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He served for six years on the Scientific Advisory Committee of offshore oil drilling for the U.S. Department of Interior. Robert Gramling is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Socioeconomic Research at the University of Southwestern Louisiana and has served on an advisory panel on federal offshore oil leasing for the National Academy of Sciences.


Bookmark and Share

Table of Contents

List of Acronyms

List of Photographs

Preface

1. Dawn of Discord

2. Getting to Gridlock

3. The Citizens Speak

4. Probing the Paradox

5. Spinning and Slipping

6. A Framework for the Future?

7. Ideology and Impacts

Appendix. The Legal Context

References

Index


Related Subjects
22903/24240(CM/CL/FK)

Related Titles

Organization in a Changing Environment
Organization in a Changing Environment
Policing Under Fire
Policing Under Fire
Enabling the Elderly
Enabling the Elderly
The Street Addict Role
The Street Addict Role
Two in a Bed
Two in a Bed
The Rise and Fall of Catholic Religious Orders
The Rise and Fall of Catholic Religious Orders
Shaping Gender Policy in Turkey
Shaping Gender Policy in Turkey
Integrating Work and Family Life
Integrating Work and Family Life
Sexual Harassment on College Campuses
Sexual Harassment on College Campuses
The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century
The African Diaspora in the United States and Canada at the Dawn of the 21st Century



 
bottom_1_963_35.jpg