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Environmental Communication and Community

Constructive and destructive dynamics of social transformation, 1st Edition

Edited by Tarla Rai Peterson, Hanna Ljunggren Bergeå, Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker, Kaisa Raitio


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As society has become increasingly aware of environmental issues, the challenge of structuring public participation opportunities that strengthen democracy, while promoting more sustainable communities has become crucial for many natural resource agencies, industries, interest groups and publics. The processes of negotiating between the often disparate values held by these diverse groups, and formulating and implementing policies that enable people to fulfil goals associated with these values, can strengthen communities as well as tear them apart.

This book provides a critical examination of the role communication plays in social transition, through both construction and destruction of community. The authors examine the processes and practices put in play when people who may or may not have previously seen themselves as interconnected, communicate with each other, often in situations where they are competing for the same resources. Drawing upon a diverse selection of case-studies on the American, Asian and European continents, the chapters chart a range of approaches to environmental communication, including symbolic construction, modes of organising and agonistic politics of communication.

This volume will be of great interest to researchers, teachers, and practitioners of environmental communication, environmental conflict, community development and natural resource management.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction and conceptual framing for community constructivity and deconstructivity 1. Introduction Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker, Hanna Ljunggren Bergeå, Kaisa Raitio and Tarla Rai Peterson 2. Reframing Conflict in Natural Resource Management: Mutuality, Reciprocity, and Pluralistic Agonism as Dynamics of Community Constructivity and Destructivity LarsHallgren Part 2 Constructing and deconstructing community 3. Process Literacy: Theory and practice for multi-cultural community-based deliberative democracy Deborah Cox Callister 4. Performances of an International Professional Community: CCS/CCUS and its National Contexts Danielle Endres, Brian Cozen, Megan O-Byrne and Andrea Feldpausch-Parker 5. How Reductive Scientific Narratives Limit Possibilities for Community Participation in Biodiversity Conservation: A Case Study in Texas, USA Leigh Bernacchi and Tarla Rai Peterson 6. Community Conversations on Conservation: A Case Study of Joint Forest Management in East Sikkim, India Paulami Banerjee 7. Wildlife Conservation as Public Good: The Public Trust Doctrine and the North American Model of Wildlife Management Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker, Israel D. Parker, Hilary Swartwood, M. Nils Peterson and Markus J. Peterson 8. Dialogue for Nature Conservation: Attempting to Construct an Inclusive Environmental Policy Community in Sweden Hans Peter Hansen and Tarla Rai Peterson 9. Deconstructing Public Space to Construct Community: Guerilla Gardening as Place-based Democracy Ann Marie Todd 10. Emotions in Communicative Practice: Legitimation and De-legitimation in Environmental Conflicts in the Netherlands and Sweden Elin Ångman, Arjen Buijs, Irma Arts, Hanna Ljunggren Bergeå and Gerard Verschoor 11. Community Construction through Culturally Rooted Celebration: Turtles all the Way Down Michael J. Liles, Eduardo Altamirano, Velkiss Gadea, Sofia Chavarría, Ingrid Yañez, David Melero, José Urteaga and Alexander R. Gaos 12. Seized and Missed Opportunities in Responding to Community Conflicts: Constructivity and Destructivity in Forest Conflict Management in Finland and British Columbia Kaisa Raitio 13. Divergent meanings of participation: Ethnographies of communication in water governance in California and Colorado Leah Sprain, Brion van Over and Eric L. Morgan Part 3 Conclusion and summary 14. Conclusion Tarla Rai Peterson

About the Editors

Tarla Rai Peterson is a professor in the Department of Communication and Coordinator of RARE Mozambique at the University of Texas, El Paso, USA.

Hanna Ljunggren Bergeå is a researcher at the Division of Environmental Communication, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.

Andrea M. Feldpausch-Parker is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), USA.

Kaisa Raitio is an associate professor at the Division of Environmental Communication, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.

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.

Please contact the Editor, Annabelle Harris ([email protected]) to submit proposals.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Natural Resources
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy