Tar Wars (Paperback)

Oil, Environment and Alberta's Image

By George F. Takach

University of Alberta Press, 9781772121407, 296pp.

Publication Date: February 13, 2017

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Tar Wars offers a critical, inside look at how leading image-makers negotiate the escalating tensions between the need for continuous economic growth mandated by a globalized economic system and its unsustainable environmental costs. As representations of a place and its identity assume paramount importance in a globalized, visual, and increasingly ecologically conscious society, a rising, international battle unfolds over Alberta's bituminous sands, pitting independent documentary filmmakers against professional communicators employed by the oil industry and government. Tar Wars will engage scholars and students in communications, film, environmental studies, social psychology, and petrocultures. It also reaches out to decision-makers, activists, and those who wish to explore the intersections of energy, environment, culture, politics, economy, media, and power in the world today.

About the Author

Geo Takach is a writer, speaker, instructor, filmmaker, and scholar. Based in Alberta, he explores the soul of the province. His award-winning book, Will the Real Alberta Please Stand Up?, was published by the University of Alberta Press.