Working for Oil

Comparative Social Histories of Labor in the Global Oil Industry

Editors: Atabaki, Touraj, Bini, Elisabetta, Ehsani, Kaveh (Eds.)

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  • Provides a range of analysis from scholars of multiple disciplines
  • Uses a comparative approach to look at several key oil producing regions
  • Examines the labor experience from social, political, and cultural angles
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This volume examines the social history of oil workers and investigates how labor relations have shaped the global oil industry during the twentieth century and today. It brings together the work of scholars from a range of disciplines, approaching the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of oil. The contributors analyze a number of key oil producing regions, including the Americas, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Europe and Africa.

About the authors

Touraj Atabaki is Senior Researcher at the International Institute of Social History at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science. He also holds the chair of the Social History of the Middle East and Central Asia at the School of the Middle East Studies of the Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Elisabetta Bini is Resarch Fellow at the University of Trieste, Italy. Her current research revolves around the history of international oil politics, in particular in the ways in which oil politics shaped relations between North Africa, Western Europe, and the United States after World War Two.
Kaveh Ehsani is Assistant Porfessor of International Studies at DePaul University, USA. His fields of interest include urban geography, critical social theory, and the political economy of development projects and their social and environmental repercussions. He is a regular media commentator and analyst on Iranian politics.

Reviews

“The book’s objective is to show some of the diversity of labour relations in the sector, rather than be comprehensive, and in this it succeeds. … Working for Oil is a valuable and distinctive addition to research on the evolution of the global oil industry, and will be of interest to anyone who cares about industrial relations and the agency of labour in this sector.” (Gavin Bridge, Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 61 (2), April, 2019)
“This important volume is a must-read for those who want to understand the changing fortune of life and labor in the world’s most strategic energy sector.” (Asef Bayat, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA)

“Working for Oil offers an invaluable compendium of social relations across the most vital vital industry of the Twentieth Century.” (Leon Fink, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)

“While the literature on the petroleum industry is vast, research about oil workers is anything but. This collection addresses that gap, bringing together scholarship about labor from all oil regions of the world.  The global and multidisciplinary approach is rich and complex, setting a high standard for future scholars and inviting them to follow suit.” (Myrna Santiago, Saint Mary’s College of California, USA)

“By attending to the complex role played by workers in the fossil fuel industries, this splendid book fills a major gap in contemporary analyses of the oil industry. Superbly researched, this collection promises to reshape debates and discussions in both labor studies and energy studies for years to come.” (Imre Szeman, University of Alberta, Canada)

“The present volume is a pioneering exploration of the oil proletariat, covering the history of major production sites on five continents, and the daily lives and struggles of oil workers in these places. The book is indispensable reading for all those interested in the global history of labor.” (Marcel van der Linden, International Institute of Social History, the Netherlands)

“There is no convincing answer to the question why historians of the oil industry have ignored its workers nor why working class historians have ignored the oil sector, but this collection clarifies why both kinds of histories are the worse for it. Working for Oil is a game changer.” (Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Atabaki, Touraj (et al.)

  • Disappearing the Workers: How Labor in the Oil Complex Has Been Made Invisible

    Pages 11-34

    Ehsani, Kaveh

  • The Zero-Sum Game of Early Oil Extraction Relations in Colombia: Workers, Tropical Oil, and the Police State, 1918–1938

    Pages 37-67

    Tijerina, Stefano

  • Fluid History: Oil Workers and the Iranian Revolution

    Pages 69-98

    Jafari, Peyman

  • Norwegian Oil Workers: From Rebels to Parters in the Tripartite System

    Pages 99-130

    Ryggvik, Helge

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-56444-9
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-85914-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Working for Oil
Book Subtitle
Comparative Social Histories of Labor in the Global Oil Industry
Editors
  • Touraj Atabaki
  • Elisabetta Bini
  • Kaveh Ehsani
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56445-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56445-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56444-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85914-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 430
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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