Aluminum Dreams: The Making of Light Modernity Hardcover – 18 Mar 2014
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Aluminum Dreams spans the globe in order to explain how one light, bright metal has made the modern age, and has made modernity simultaneously wonderful and terrible. This superb commodity study brilliantly carries forward the legacy of Sidney Mintz s pioneering Sweetness and Power.
Joyce E. Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University, and author of Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit
Through revealing graphics and polished prose, Aluminum Dreams delivers the retro pleasures of artifacts now gone by, but then with the enticement well in hand shows how oligopolies, war, and global exploitation follow on. It is a tour de force of cultural-material analysis, successful at many registers including the satisfactions of a mind-expanding reading experience.
Harvey Molotch, author of Where Stuff Comes From
Mimi Sheller has produced a wonderful account of the light, bright, silvery metal that has become so central to the sleek modern world. Her shimmering story of aluminum dreams links the very centers of global power, mobility, and communications with other places of abject poverty and environmental degradation.--John Urry, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University
Reviews It propelled humanity into air and space, transformed communications and fed war machines. Aluminium ... is welded into the built world. Mimi Sheller s coruscating cultural study reveals how young US chemist Charles Martin Hall and his French counterpart Paul Héroult simultaneously discovered the electrolytic production of aluminium in 1886; how designers were galvanized by its potential for the light and sleek; and how social and environmental problems from bauxite mining and aluminium smelting persist. --Nature
About the Author
Mimi Sheller is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University. She is the author of Democracy after Slavery, Consuming the Caribbean, and Citizenship from Below.
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