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Culture, Politics and Climate Change

Culture, Politics and Climate Change

How Information Shapes our Common Future

Edited by Deserai A. Crow and Maxwell T. Boykoff

March 2014


This book draws from multiple disciplinary perspectives to present an overview of the knowledge related to our current understanding of climate change politics and culture. The book illustrates the translation of values into political outcomes through the use, production, and consumption of information. Focusing on cultural values and norms as they are translated into politics and policy outcomes, the book presents a unique contribution in combining research from varied disciplines and from both the developed and developing world.

The collection traces the importance of culture on the politics of climate change and delves into the importance of information in its various forms and contexts. The book is divided into four sections – Culture and Values, Communication and Media, Politics and Policy, and Future Directions in Climate Politics Scholarship – each followed by a commentary from a key expert in the field. The book includes analysis of the challenges and opportunities for establishing successful communication on climate change among scientists, the media, policy-makers, and activists; discussion of the significant cultural and normative considerations related to climate change that must be communicated and translated by political processes into public policy; and identification of future needs and improvements in studies on climate change communication linking science, media, activism, and policy.

Focusing on the interrelation between social, cultural, and political aspects of climate change communication, this volume should be of interest to students and scholars of climate change, environment studies, environmental policy, communication, cultural studies, media studies, politics, sociology.