Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life

Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life

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qWith considerable theoretical sophistication, Yolande Strengers incisively interrogates the promises attached to the Smart Utopian vision of a world in which our energy problems will be solved by smart technologies and the smart use of data. Drawing on a wealth of empirical examples, Strengers critically traces how Smart Utopia, grounded as it is in the idealized figure of Resource Man, articulates with the complex and contingent practices that make up everyday life. For anyone interested in the unfolding future of energy use Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life is essential reading.q - Mike Michael, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, Australia qThis intriguing and critical book shows how contrasting paradigms and discourses of domestic energy use are performed and reproduced through interventions like those of smart metering, peak pricing and localised generation. In this important work, Strengers calls for a searching re-imagination of energy systems and the ways of life they sustain.q - Elizabeth Shove, Professor of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK qSmart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life is a wonderfully eloquent and incisive investigation of the rise of smart devices and rhetoric. Far from being instruments of transformative social change Strengers shows how 'smart' stuff interacts with consumers; how, when you factor in the complexities of social practice, it might not be so smart after all. A provocative and productive book bringing much needed critical analysis to the smart agenda.q - Gay Hawkins, Professor of Sociology, University of Queensland, Australia qThis book addresses a strange but all-important question: How does energy participate in everyday life? Drawing on detailed knowledge of the energy industry and domestic practices, Strengers shows how crucial this question is, and how prevalent technologies and understandings of energy consumption prevent us from asking it. An effective antidote against the mistaken belief that energy is an abstract issue.q- Noortje Marres, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London, UK.(1992a) made a similar point over two decades ago in their study of air- conditioner operation with New Jersey (US) ... A second possibility is that the complicated and/or failure-prone system of automation can constitute its own DIY practice, ... Rather than rejecting or ignoring this technology, this may lead some householders to participate in practices of maintenance and repair located specifically aroundanbsp;...

Title:Smart Energy Technologies in Everyday Life
Author:Yolande Strengers
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2013-09-25


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