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Cultural Studies and Environment, Revisited

ISBN 9781138879553
Published April 9, 2015 by Routledge

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Book Description

The environment is perhaps most misunderstood as a static place, somewhere "out there," separated from the practices of our everyday lives. Given this assumption, environmental movements and concerns have remained mostly marginalized or denigrated in cultural studies publications, conferences, and presentations. Recent global developments have made changing this oversight and, at times, direct resistance to engaging environmental concerns a new priority. This edited collection illustrates an appreciation of the dynamic, palpable, and significant ways the environment permeates culture (and vice versa), as well as a collective commitment to the ways that cultural studies has more to offer—and to learn from—taking environmental matters to heart. Like foundational categories of identity, economics, and historical context, this collection reminds us why the environment is and should be considered relevant to any work done in the name of "cultural studies." Including research from four continents and across media, the authors offer insights on timely topics such as food, tourism, human/animal relations, forests, queer theory, indigenous rights, and water. This book was published as a special issue of Cultural Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Overture: The Most Complicated Word - Phaedra C. Pezzullo

2. Speculative Visions and Imaginary Meals: Food and the Environment in (Post-Apocalyptic) Science Fiction Films - Jean. P. Retzinger

3. Tourism, Race and the State of Nature: On the Bio-Poetics of Government - Margaret Werry

4. Forest, Flows and Identities in Finland's Information Society - Eeva Berglund

5. Cat and Mouse: Iconographics of Nature and Desire - Jody Berland

6. Queering Ecocultural Studies - Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands

7. Resisting Ecocultural Studies - Jennifer Daryl Slack

8. From Water Crisis to Water Culture - Dr. Vandana Shiva, Independent Scholar and Activist, An Interview by Andy Opel

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Phaedra C. Pezzullo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Culture, and adjunct faculty of Cultural Studies and American Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. She authored Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Pollution, Travel, and Environmental Justice (University of Alabama, 2007) and co-edited Environmental Justice and Environmentalism: The Social Justice Challenge to the Environmental Movement (MIT Press, 2007).