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Climate Change and Post-Political Communication

Media, Emotion and Environmental Advocacy, 1st Edition

By Philip Hammond


150 pages

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For many years, the objective of environmental campaigners was to push climate change on to the agenda of political leaders and to encourage media attention to the issue. By the first decade of the twenty-first century, it appeared that their efforts had been spectacularly successful. Yet just at the moment when the campaigners’ goals were being achieved, it seemed that the idea of getting the issue into mainstream discussion had been mistaken all along; that the consensus-building approach produced little or no meaningful action. That is the problem of climate change as a ‘post-political’ issue, which is the subject of this book.

Examining how climate change is communicated in politics, news media and celebrity culture, Climate Change and Post-Political Communication explores how the issue has been taken up by elites as potentially offering a sense of purpose or mission in the absence of political visions of the future, and considers the ways in which it provides a focus for much broader anxieties about a loss of modernist political agency and meaning. Drawing on a wide range of literature and case studies, and taking a critical and contextual approach to the analysis of climate change communication, this book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of environmental studies, communication studies, and media and film studies.


"This is a must read for anyone concerned with the workings of 21st century fear culture and the media. Hammond provides an excellent account of how climate change has been integrated into a therapeutic outlook on public life." - Frank Furedi, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Kent

"Is climate change the ultimate global problem which must be solved through coordinated, collective action; or is this drive for consensus on climate change denying political subjectivity and obstructing the possibility of solving more pressing social injustices? Philip Hammond’s new book, Climate Change and Post-Political Communication, offers an original and persuasive answer to this question by following the roles of media, news journalism and celebrity in the public framing of climate change." - Mike Hulme, Professor of Human Geography, University of Cambridge

Table of Contents

Introduction: ‘Post-political’ climate change

Chapter 1: Political elites and the search for green meaning

Chapter 2: Cycles, arenas and norms: understanding news coverage

Chapter 3: Green consumption, lifestyle journalism and media advocacy

Chapter 4: Climate change and celebrity culture

Chapter 5: Celebrity solutions and the radical alternative

Conclusion: In search of the political

About the Author

Philip Hammond is Professor of Media and Communications at London South Bank University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Environmental Communication and Media

Routledge Studies in Environmental Communication and Media offers a range of progressive and thought-provoking investigations and overviews of contemporary topics in environmental communication and media. Providing cutting edge original research and analysis, the series covers key issues from climate change to natural resources, examining film, advertising, marketing, journalism, storytelling and new media forms.

This international and academically rigorous book series offers vital insights to all those engaged with the process of creating and interpreting media messages about environmental topics, whether they be students, scholars, policy makers or practitioners. These interdisciplinary books provide an invaluable resource for discussion in advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in environmental communication and media studies, as well as in cultural studies, marketing, anthropology, sociology, philosophy and politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science