Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 483 1 M Q U P S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 North of the heart of Ontario’s scenic Muskoka District are the Almaguin Highlands, a loosely organized collection of villages, townships, and munici- palities. In the mid-1800s, the region was home to loggers and farmers, as well as seasonal residents in simple cottages and camps. Since then, the impact of economic globalization and government policies has transformed the country- side into a luxurious recreational, residential, and tourist destination. John Michels investigates change in the Almaguin Highlands, exploring the modern faces of cottaging, tourism, agriculture, forestry, and economic devel- opment initiatives. He shows how years of neoliberal policies have displaced agriculture and logging as the principal sources of employment in northern Ontario, generating tension and unexpected alliances between tourists, resi- dents, loggers, farmers, developers, and governmental officials over the proper uses and meanings of rural space. The repercussions of this new service- oriented countryside include increased youth outmigration, decreased full- time employment opportunities, and an ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor. A rich and detailed study based on long-term interviews and fieldwork, Permanent Weekend critically explores the catalysts and outcomes of gentrifying rural areas. John Michels teaches in the Department of Social Studies at Sheboygan North High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Contemporary life is founded on oil – a cheap, accessible, and rich source of energy that has shaped cities and manufacturing economies at the same time that it has increased mobility, global trade, and environmental devastation. Despite oil’s essential role, full recognition of its social and cultural signifi- cance has only become a prominent feature of everyday debate and discussion in the early twenty-first century. Presenting a multifaceted analysis of the cultural, social, and political claims and assumptions that guide how we think and talk about oil, Petrocultures maps the complex and often contradictory ways in which oil has influenced the public’s imagination around the world. This collection shows that oil’s vast network of social and historical narratives and the processes that enable its ex- traction are what characterize its importance. Contributors’ essays investigate the discourses surrounding oil in contemporary culture while advancing and configuring new ways to discuss the cultural ecosystem that it has created. A window into the social role of oil, Petrocultures also contemplates what it would mean if human life were no longer deeply shaped by the consumption of fossil fuels. “This comprehensive collection opens the lid on a barrel of oil and analyzes it from nearly every angle possible: as an infrastructural network, a complicated material substance, an aesthetic, and a philosophical problem. A valuable text featuring the best from the burgeoning field of the energy humanities.” Matthew T. Huber, Maxwell School of Syracuse University Sheena Wilson is associate professor of English and cultural studies at the University of Alberta. Adam Carlson is a PhD candidate in English and film studies at the University of Alberta. Imre Szeman is Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-Queen’s Rural, Wildland, and Resource Studies April 2017 978-0-7735-4879-4 $37.95A CDN, $37.95A US, £33.00 paper 978-0-7735-4878-7 $110.00S CDN, $110.00S US, £95.00 cloth 6 x 9 312pp 17 photos, 2 maps, 4 tables, 3 graphs eBook available S P E C I F I C AT I O N S June 2017 978-0-7735-5038-4 $34.95A CDN, $34.95A US, £29.99 paper 978-0-7735-5037-7 $110.00S CDN, $110.00S US, £95.00 cloth 6 x 9 464pp 31 photos eBook available C U LT U R A L S T U D I E S • E N V I R O N M E N TA L S T U D I E S A N T H R O P O L O G Y • E N V I R O N M E N TA L S T U D I E S Permanent Weekend Nature, Leisure, and Rural Gentrification john michels A timely examination of the causes and consequences of rural gentrification. Petrocultures Oil, Energy, and Culture edited by sheena wilson, adam carlson, and imre szeman A wide-ranging interdisciplinary study of oil and energy culture.