Environmental Rhetoric and Ecologies of Place
Understanding how rhetoric, and environmental rhetoric in particular, informs and is informed by local and global ecologies contributes to our conversations about sustainability and resilience — the preservation and conservation of the earth and the future of human society. This book explores some of the complex relationships, collaborations, compromises, and contradictions between human endeavor and situated discourses, identities and landscapes, social justice and natural resources, movement and geographies, unpacking and grappling with the complexities of rhetoric of presence. Making a significant contribution to exploring the complex discursive constructions of environmental rhetorics and place-based rhetorics, this collection considers discourses, actions, and adaptations concerning environmental regulations and development, sustainability, exploitation, and conservation of energy resources. Essays visit arguments on cultural values, social justice, environmental advocacy, and identity as political constructions of rhetorical place and space. Rural and urban case studies contribute to discussions of the ethics and identities of environment, and the rhetorics of environmental cartography and glocalization. Contributors represent a range of specialization across a variety of scholarly research in such fields as communication studies, rhetorical theory, social/cultural geography, technical/professional communication, cartography, anthropology, linguistics, comparative literature/ecocriticism, literacy studies, digital rhetoric/media studies, and discourse analysis. Thus, this book goes beyond the assumption that rhetorics are situated, and challenges us to consider not only how and why they are situated, but what we mean when we theorize notions of situated, place-based rhetorics.
Introduction Peter N. Goggin Part I: Places We Dig (Mine) 1. A Certain Uncertainty: Drilling into the Rhetoric of the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development James Guignard 2. Eco-Seeing a Tradition of Colonization: Revealing Shadow Realities of Marcellus Drilling Brian Cope 3. Sense of Place, Identity, and Cultural Continuity in an Arizona Community Deborah L. Williams & Elizabeth A. Brandt 4. Mt. Taylor, New Mexico: Efforts to Provide Resilience to a Sacred Mountain Socio-Ecological System Sally Said Part II: Places We Build and Create 5. A Land Ethic for Urban Dwellers Gesa E. Kirsch 6. "We Face East": The Narragansett Dawn and Ecocentric Discourses of Identity and Justice Matthew Ortoleva 7. Conjuring the Farm: Constructing Agricultural Places in U.S. Schools Cynthia R. Haller 8. Digital Cities: Rhetorics of Place in Environmental Video Games Michael Springer & Peter N. Goggin Part III. Places We Travel Through, Around, and Within 9. Reading the Atlas of the Patagonian Sea: Toward a Visual-Material Rhetorics of Environmental Advocacy Amy D. Propen 10. A Place of One’s Own Samantha Senda-Cook & Danielle Endres 11. Local Flaneury: Losing and Finding One’s Place Jaqueline McLeod Rogers Part IV. Places of Resistance and Acceptance 12. From Concept to Action: Do Environmental Regulations Promote Sustainability? Becca Cammack, Linn K. Bekins, & Alison Krug 13. Mapping Literacies: Land-Use Planning and the Sponsorship of Place Rebecca Powell 14. Place-Identity and the Sociospatial Environment Rick Carpenter Afterword Kim Donehower