1st Edition

Environmental Communication Among Minority Populations

Edited By Bruno Takahashi, Sonny Rosenthal Copyright 2019
    132 Pages
    by Routledge

    132 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    There are many current socio-environmental conflicts and problems around the world that affect distinct nationalities, races, or ethnicities. Part of the solution to these issues involves interdisciplinary scholarship to make sense of the communication challenges that are involved. However, current research in this area has lacked clear focus on the ways in which environmental issues are culturally and socially constructed by racial and ethnic minorities.

    This volume aims to improve our understanding of culturally bounded rationalities across racial and ethnic groups facing environmental challenges, as they relate to the formation of environmental identities, environmental injustice, political activism, public engagement, and media representations, among others. The ideas presented in this book dovetail with the idea that environmental communication scholars and practitioners can effectively intervene to engage ethnic groups that traditionally are not included in decision making or deliberation processes that directly affect their livelihoods.

    Considering problems such as the siting of industrial facilities, flooding, droughts, climate change, and air and water pollution, this book will be of great interest to students, scholars, and practitioners of environmental communication.


    Introduction Bruno Takahashi and Sonny Rosenthal

    1. Models for Environmental Communication for Unique Populations: Cases from the Field Maria Knight Lapinski, Kami Silk, Rain Wuyu Liu, and Daniel Totzkay

    2. The Vanishing Racial Divide: The Dynamics of Race and Socioeconomic Class in Environmental Risk Communication B.F. Battistoli

    3. Voices in the Garden: Designing Social Change at the Intersection of Green Radicalism and Participatory Media Patrick D. Murphy and Clemencia RodrĂ­guez

    4. Interrogating metaphors of sustainability: Laying the framework for a more inclusive discussion of the development of the Alberta oil sands for Indigenous groups Amanda Williams

    5. "So that the environment looks clean": Cultural values and environmental communication in a Nicaraguan community Jessica Love-Nichols

    6. Women Farmers’ Voices on Climate Change Adaptation in India Jagadish Thaker and Mohan J. Dutta


    Bruno Takahashi is Research Director and Associate Professor at the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, Michigan State University, USA.

    Sonny Rosenthal is Assistant Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.