Projects of devotion: energy exploration and moral ambition in the cosmoeconomy of oil and gas in the Western United States

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Abstract

This article considers how people working in the oil and gas industry in Colorado perceive their involvement in energy exploration in relation to broader understandings of devotion, compassion, and outreach. I argue that although their energy projects may appear to merely echo companies’ formal promotional pitches, the oil field and corporate actors’ own moral ambitions reveal more-than-human cosmoeconomic visions of oil’s potentiality. This article thus demonstrates how multiple and diverging ethical registers intersect and inform the valuation of oil.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-46
JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Volume25
Issue numberS1
Early online date11 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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