Chapter 1 Introduction: energy culture in an age of transformation
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Culture provides a means to understand how society utilizes the energy system for its material wellbeing. Culture enables the expression of differences within and between different groups. Culture is an active political and economic tool that can control and influence the material wellbeing of society. By drawing on how culture is created, this chapter explores how culture represents the expression of power, rather than just how people live. Two conceptual framings are used to examine the expression of culture and define how to build a just energy system: Geopolitics of cultures and energy justice bridge ontological divisions within an energy culture concept. By identifying who creates culture, power relations are exposed, which can lead to building a more equitable energy system.

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