Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change, and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi


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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 0.7 X 9.0 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Gökçe Günel is Assistant Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona.


"Spaceship in the Desert is the fascinating story of a 'zero-carbon eco-city' that demonstrates the stark difference between vision and reality. . . . Günel's first-hand reportage is insightful and objective."-- (03/01/2019)
"The book is not only a rich ethnographic description of Masdar in all of its intricacies, but also a larger reflection on how global risks are framed according to the beliefs and situated actions of various interest groups."--Gerardo del Cerro Santamaría"International Journal of Urban and Regional Research" (07/01/2019)
"The global climate crisis is serious, but Günel shows that our attempts to tackle it are less so. . . . Our contemporary moral mess, from the GCC to Massachusetts, can be seen all too clearly through the pages of Günel's account."-- (09/09/2019)
"Günel's deft ethnographic sensibilities and creatively designed fieldwork further distinguish her contributions to anthropological studies of climate change, governance, knowledge production, infrastructure, materialism, and futurity more broadly. . . . Through fascinating and critical ethnographic descriptions, Günel offers a piercing glimpse into the front-lines of global climate change action."-- (09/18/2019)
"Spaceship in the Desert is a timely contribution to a growing field of anthropological scholarship on energy. . . . This book has the potential to attract readers from across the social sciences, not just within anthropology. The richness of ethnographic detail drawn in connection with the work of key thinkers may satisfy some readers."-- (09/01/2019)