LIFE IN OIL by Mike Cepek (2018)

Life in OilLife in Oil: Cofán Survival in the Petroleum Fields of Amazonia

By Mike Cepek

University of Texas Press, 2018

In Life in Oil, Mike Cepek reveals how the key fuel of the global era affects the communities where petroleum is extracted. This beautifully written ethnography describes how the Cofán people are surviving at the center of the Ecuadorian oil industry.

Cepek’s book was selected as a finalist of the 2019 PROSE Awards, honoring scholarly works published in 2018. The Association of American Publishers’ Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (#PROSEAwards), recognizes books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary merit that make a significant contribution to a field of study in a given year.   

About the author

Michael Cepek is professor of anthropology at the University of Texas in San Antonio.

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