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Climate Change Epistemologies in Southern Africa
Social and Cultural Dimensions

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ISBN 9781032018522
July 4, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book investigates the social and cultural dimensions of climate change in Southern Africa, focusing on how knowledge about climate change is conceived and conveyed.

Despite contributing very little to the global production of emissions, the African continent looks set to be the hardest hit by climate change. Adopting a decolonial perspective, this book argues that knowledge and discourse about climate change has largely disregarded African epistemologies, leading to inequalities in knowledge systems. Only by considering regionally specific forms of conceptualizing, perceiving, and responding to climate change can these global problems be tackled. First exploring African epistemologies of climate change, the book then goes on to the social impacts of climate change, matters of climate justice, and finally institutional change and adaptation.

Providing important insights into the social and cultural perception and communication of climate change in Africa, this book will be of interest to researchers from across the fields of African studies, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, political science, climate change, and geography.

Table of Contents

Introduction: epistemologies of global warming in the South. The social and cultural dimension of climate change in Southern Africa
Jörn Ahrens, Ernst Halbmayer

Part 1: Climate and climate change – justice epistemologies

  1. Drought, disaster and identity in northwestern Namibia in times of global climate change
    Michael Bollig
  2. When rain is a person: rainmaking, relational persons, and post-human ontologies in sub-Saharan Africa
    Michael Sheridan
  3. Environmental attitudes and narratives in two rural South African communities: implications for intervention
    Werner Nell
  4. Conflicting narratives of extreme weather events in Durban, South Africa: politically opportunistic, experiential and climate-justice epistemologies in an extreme weather event
    Patrick Bond, Mary Galvin

    Part 2: Climate change communication

  6. Receptivity to the knowledge of others: building urban climate resilience in southern African cities
    Anna Taylor, Dianne Scott
  7. Print media coverage and the socio-contextual Representation of climate change in Botswana
    Gabriel Faimau, Esther Nkhukhu-Orlando, Nelson Sello
  8. Part 3: Just Transition and international co-operation

  9. Climate change equity and extreme vulnerability
    Steve Vanderheiden
  10. Adaptation to climate change in Southern Africa: challenges for sustainable development, and the role of International co-operation
    Matthias Rompel

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Jörn Ahrens is Professor of Cultural Sociology at Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU), Germany, and Extraordinary Professor of Social Anthropology at North-West University (NWU), South Africa.

Ernst Halbmayer is Professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Marburg, Germany, where he is also Director of the Marburg Ethnographic Collection.