Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and formerly part of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, is the original oil city, with oil and urbanism thoroughly intertwined—economically, politically, and physical—in the city’s fabric. Baku saw its first oil boom in the late nineteenth century, driven by the Russian branch of the Nobel family modernizing the oil fields around Baku as local oil barons poured their new wealth into building a cosmopolitan city center. During the Soviet period, Baku became the site of an urban experiment: the shaping of an oil city of socialist man. That project included Neft Dashlari, a city built on trestles in the Caspian Sea and designed to house thousands of workers, schools, shops, gardens, clinics, and cinemas as well as 2,000 oil rigs, pipelines, and collecting stations. Today, as it heads into an uncertain post-oil future, Baku’s planners and business elites regard the legacy of its past as a resource that sustains new aspirations and identities.
Richly illustrated with historical images and archival material, this book tells the story of the city, paying particular attention to how the disparate spatial logics, knowledge bases, and practices of oil production and urban production intersected, affected, and transformed one another creating an urban cultural environment unique among extraction sites. The book also features a new photo essay by celebrated photographer Iwan Baan.
In this book editors Francine Blau, Mary Brinton, and David Grusky
bring together top gender scholars in sociology and economics to make
sense of the recent changes in gender inequality, and to judge whether
the optimistic or pessimistic view better depicts the prospects and
bottlenecks that lie ahead. It examines the economic, organizational,
political, and cultural forces that have changed the status of women
and men in the labor market. The contributors examine the economic
assumption that discrimination in hiring is economically inefficient
and will be weeded out eventually by market competition. They explore
the effect that family-family organizational policies have had in
drawing women into the workplace and giving them even footing in the
organizational hierarchy. Several chapters ask whether political
interventions might reduce or increase gender inequality, and others
discuss whether a social ethos favoring egalitarianism is working to
overcome generations of discriminatory treatment against women.