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Campbell, B.; Cloke, J.; Brown, E.

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J. Cloke

E. Brown


The call for social science to engage with energy infrastructures and users to enable low-carbon transitions that benefit the poor in the Global South is welcome, but its urgency risks epistemic distortion. The theme of “community” in the social studies of energy needs critical reflection, disambiguation, and interrogation with empirical case studies. This article explores dimensions of assumed homogeneity at local scales. In attending to similarities and difference in comparisons between case studies in Nicaragua and Nepal, the authors propose that a framework for understanding communities of interest and practice can be identified in selective resistance to and appropriation of energy technologies that highlight positions of marginality and common purpose in emerging social energy systems.


Campbell, B., Cloke, J., & Brown, E. (2016). Communities of Energy. Economic Anthropology, 3(1), 133-144.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 29, 2015
Online Publication Date Jan 27, 2016
Publication Date Jan 27, 2016
Deposit Date Mar 10, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 23, 2016
Journal Economic Anthropology
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 133-144


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© 2016 by the American Anthropological Association. This is the accepted version of the following article: Campbell, B., Cloke, J. and Brown, E. (2016), Communities of energy. Economic Anthropology, 3(1): 133-144, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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