Peak Oil and the Everyday Complexity of Human Progress Narratives

  • John C. Pruit University of Missouri

Abstract

The “big” story of human progress has polarizing tendencies featuring the binary options of progress or decline. I consider human progress narratives in the context of everyday life. Analysis of the “little” stories from two narrative environments focusing on peak oil offers a more complex picture of the meaning and contours of the narrative. I consider the impact of differential blog site commitments to peak oil perspectives and identify five narrative types culled from two narrative dimensions. I argue that the lived experience complicates human progress narratives, which is no longer an either/or proposition
Published
2012-08-02
How to Cite
Pruit, J. C. (2012). Peak Oil and the Everyday Complexity of Human Progress Narratives . Narrative Works, 2(2). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/NW/article/view/20172
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Articles