Up to Heaven and Down to Hell: Fracking, Freedom, and Community in an American Town

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Princeton University Press
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5.2 X 7.8 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Colin Jerolmack is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at New York University.
"Finalist for the PROSE Award in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology, Association of American Publishers"
"Honorable Mention for the Allan Schnaiberg Award, Environmental Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association"
"[Colin] Jerolmack's many kitchen-table conversations with inhabitants of the formerly idyllic area of greater Williamsport--or 'Billtown, ' as it is called, best known as the host of the Little League World Series--reveal the tensions and trade-offs that follow from America's liberty-loving ways."---Sarah Smarsh, The Atlantic
"The book considers fracking, property rights, and community in rural Pennsylvania. But at root, the book is a poignant consideration of what we choose to name as either 'mine' or 'ours.' Jerolmack considers how these two divergent (and often contradictory) classifications impact local governance, ecosystems, and the people who depend on them."---Gracy Olmstead, Commonweal
"[A] deeply reported study of the impact of fracking . . . [that] explores[s] the conflict between personal sovereignty and public good."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"With the sensitivity and patience of a veteran ethnographer, [Jerolmack]. . . spent years building relationships with a broad cross-section of locals in greater Williamsport. . . . Up to Heaven and Down to Hell is a work of empirical scholarship that strides confidently over the false boundary between ecological and social history."---Jonah Walters, Los Angeles Review of Books
"An immersive and absorbing account. . . . [Up to Heaven and Down to Hell] diagnose[s] the pathologies of tying environmental stewardship so intimately to the perquisites of private property. . . . What Jerolmack is able to trace, through masterful ethnographic storytelling, is the ambivalence, the tensions, and the unanticipated consequences of being empowered to dispense with one's own land."---Rebecca Elliott, Public Books
"Wide ranging and multilayered, with each layer presenting a slightly different perspective. . . . [Up to Heaven and Down to Hell] provides one of the most convincing accounts of the sources of current political and ideological divisions and extreme polarization that often seems inexplicable to the outside observer. . . . A valuable resource for students of the political economy of the energy industry, boomtown studies, environmental, political, rural and community sociology, and, of course, the ins and outs of fracking."---Ann R. Tickamyer, American Journal of Sociology
"A deeply empathetic ethnography. . . . The characters that drive the book's narrative are complex and richly developed. Jerolmack's account of their motivations, their emotions, and rationalizations is compelling."---Fedor Dokshin, Social Forces
"An important story. . . . The sovereignty of landowners looms large in the fracking debate. Up to Heaven and Down to Hell suggests there is another competing ideal: government of the people by the people, and for the people."---Abraham Gutman, Los Angeles Review of Books
"Up to Heaven and Down to Hell is an excellent deep dive into the ways fracking mirrors the many problems we face as we try to change the way we think about energy, individual choice, and climate change."---Ed Meek, Arts Fuse
"Bravely written and rigorously documented."---Sheila Liming, Cleveland Review of Books
"Extremely well researched. . . a poignant and personal assessment."---M. S. Field, Choice
"While remaining very readable, [Up to Heaven and Down to Hell] provides important insights into US political polarization and includes interesting excursions into US history and social commentary. And it leads readers to ponder the relationship between politics, liberal economics and the environment. Most importantly, it provides valuable insights into the debates about global actions that might mitigate climate change and thus avoid a tragedy of the global commons that supports human life on earth."---Samuel Carmalt, Journal of World Energy Law & Business