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HANNAH APPEL Offshore work: Oil, modularity, and the how of capitalism in Equatorial Guinea American Ethnologist 39

Article first published online: 2 NOV 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1548-1425.2012.01389.x

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Oil scholarship often focuses on oil as money, as if the industry were a mere revenue-producing machine—a black box with predictable effects. Drawing on fieldwork in Equatorial Guinea, I take the industry as my object of analysis: infrastructures, labor regimes, forms of expertise and fantasy. Starting from a visit to an offshore rig, I explore the idea of “modularity”—mobile personnel, technologies, and legal structures that enable offshore work in Equatorial Guinea to function “just like” offshore work elsewhere.

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