Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication
Edited by Anders Hansen, Robert Cox
Routledge – 2015 – 416 pages
This Handbook provides a comprehensive statement and reference point for theory, research and practice with regard to environment and communication, and it does this from a perspective which is both international and multi-disciplinary in scope. Specifically, it aims: to provide critical reviews and appraisals of the current state of the art and future development of conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as empirical knowledge and understanding of environment and communication; to demonstrate the relative strengths and contributions of multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to understanding the centrality of communication to how the environment is constructed, and indeed contested, socially, politically and culturally; and to engage with and reflect upon how theory and research on environment and communication feeds into the politics of the environment, including through the intersection of academic research and the practice of environmental communication.
Split into five thematic sections, The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication includes contributions from internationally recognised leaders in the field. The first section looks at the history and development of the discipline from a range of theoretical perspectives; section two considers the sources/communicators and the role of the professional media. Section three focuses in-depth on the representation of the environment in the news compared with entertainment and cultural media. The fourth section looks at the social and political implications of environmental communications, with the final section discussing likely future trajectories for the field.
The first reference Handbook looking in-depth at this relatively young field, this comprehensive and authoritative text is a must for scholars of environmental studies and media and communication.