Rowman and Littlefield International

Media, Culture and the Environmental Turn

By Gareth Stanton

Explores the development of an increasing ‘environmental turn’ in the humanities and social sciences with a focus on the role played by various forms of media in developing and expanding notions of nature and the natural. The book is suitable for students in environment-themed courses in anthropology, sociology, politics, literature and design.

Hardback ISBN: 9781783485826 Release date: Feb 2020
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Paperback ISBN: 9781783485833 Release date: Feb 2020
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Ebook ISBN: 9781783485840 Release date: Feb 2020
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Pages: 256

Media, Culture and the Environmental Turn approaches the broad range of debates around the growth of academic interest in the environment from a critical cultural studies perspective.
Paying close attention to public debates surrounding the environment it examines the role played by various forms of media in developing and expanding notions relating to concepts of nature and the natural. Chapters will range widely from the beginnings of distinctly ‘modern’ environmental concerns in works such as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962), through area case studies including the complex situation of a country like Bangladesh, to more thematic concerns such as deserts and oceans and worlds ‘without’ elements currently present. Chapters will examine contemporary strands of activism and global and local debates around ‘climate change’ and its implications. The book covers ecological ethics, eco-criticism, ‘slow violence’, ‘carbon democracy’ and the environmental implications of modern media themselves. In addition, it examines how such discourses have come to be problematised and politicised and fought over in the public domain. Ultimately, the problematic of the book will situate the debates at the transnational level and attempt to describe and ‘imagine’ new forms of post-national, transglobal solidarities and the forms of human future implied in their emergence.

Introduction: Genealogies of Nature / Part I: Myth, History and Ecocriticism / 1.Lessons from the Past / 2. Discourses of Nature / 3. The Birth of Environmentalism / Part II: Space, Place and Materiality / 4.The Sea, the Sea / 5. Not a Drop to Drink: Alone in the Desert / 6. Carbon Democracy and the Politics of Oil /
Part III: Environment, Precarity and Change / 7. Climate Change Debates / 8. Famine, Disaster and Plague / 9. Media, Technology and Waste / Conclusion / Bibliography / Index

Gareth Stanton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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