Working for Oil

Comparative Social Histories of Labor in the Global Oil Industry

  • Touraj Atabaki
  • Elisabetta Bini
  • Kaveh Ehsani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Touraj Atabaki, Elisabetta Bini, Kaveh Ehsani
    Pages 1-10
  3. The Political Life of Oil

  4. The Productive Life of Oil

  5. The Social and Urban Life of Oil

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 423-430

About this book


This volume looks at the social history of oil workers to investigate how labor relations and experiences have shaped the emergence of this global extractive industry. Three inter-related themes are investigated by scholars: the political life of labor, the productive life of labor, and the urban and social life of labor. Compiled here is the work of scholars from a range of disciplines who situate labor and the social, political, and cultural dimensions of oil at the center of their analysis. In this comparative study, the historical and contemporary experiences of oil workers are analyzed from a number of key oil producing regions, including Latin America, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Europe and Africa.


Oil industry Latin America Middle East Central Asia Caucasus Europe Africa Labor history Tropical oil Oil workers Welfare industrialism Migrant Workers Outsourcing

Editors and affiliations

  • Touraj Atabaki
    • 1
  • Elisabetta Bini
    • 2
  • Kaveh Ehsani
    • 3
  1. 1.International Institute for Social HistoryRoyal Netherlands Academy of Arts and SciencesAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of Naples Federico IINaplesItaly
  3. 3.DePaul UniversityChicagoUSA

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