Carnival time in the Kingdom of Coal

@article{Hufford2010CarnivalTI,
  title={Carnival time in the Kingdom of Coal},
  author={M. Hufford},
  journal={Social Identities},
  year={2010},
  volume={16},
  pages={559 - 581}
}
  • M. Hufford
  • Published 2010
  • Sociology
  • Social Identities
This essay examines the ideas of carnival and the carnivalesque in relation to a modern social formation, which, cued by the name of its central figure, is referred to in this article as the Kingdom of Coal. Conjured incessantly from disjunct social perspectives on fossil fuel extraction and energy production, the Kingdom of Coal offers a grounded example of what Charles Taylor terms the ‘modern social imaginary’. Carnivalesque maskings and unmaskings dramatize a struggle for publicly relevant… Expand
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