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The Politics of Energy and Sustainability

  • Hanna Lempinen
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Abstract

In this chapter, Lempinen unpacks the central concepts of energy and sustainability, and critically assesses the ways in which they are (ab)used in contemporary energy-related political parlance. Discussing northern energy beyond the production of oil and gas, the author constructs energy as a cultural artifact whose patterns of production and consumption shape societies, mentalities, and daily lives. Building on this broader understanding of what energy and its sustainability entail, Lempinen puts forward the concept of “energyscape” as a broad framework for conceptualizing energy-society affairs. With this, the author also highlights the inherently political nature of the notion of sustainability, analyzing its different articulations ranging from weak to strong, with special attention to the oxymoron of nonrenewable sustainabilities and the problematic nature of conceptualizing fossil-fueled development.

Keywords

Concept of energy Energyscape Energy sustainability Fossil sustainabilities Politics of sustainability Sustainable development 

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  • Hanna Lempinen
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  1. 1.Aleksanteri InstituteUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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