The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity brings the ecological turn to sociocultural understandings of self. The editors introduce a broad, insightful assembly of original theory and research on planetary positionalities in flux in the Anthropocene – or what in this Handbook cultural ecologist David Abram presciently renames the Humilocene, a new "epoch of humility." Forty international authors craft a kaleidoscopic lens, focusing on the following key interdisciplinary inquiries:
Part I illuminates identity as always ecocultural, expanding dominant understandings of who we are and how our ways of identifying engender earthly outcomes.
Part II examines ways ecocultural identities are fostered and how difference and spaces of interaction can be sources of environmental conviviality.
Part III illustrates consequential ways the media sphere informs, challenges, and amplifies particular ecocultural identities.
Part IV delves into the constitutive power of ecocultural identities and illuminates ways ecological forces shape the political sphere.
Part V demonstrates multiple and unspooling ways in which ecocultural identities can evolve and transform to recall ways forward to reciprocal surviving and thriving.
The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity provides an essential resource for scholars, teachers, students, protectors, and practitioners interested in ecological and sociocultural regeneration.
Table of Contents
Ecocultural Identity: An IntroductionTema Milstein, José Castro-Sotomayor
Part I. Illuminating and Problematizing Ecocultural Identity
Chapter 1. Interbreathing Ecocultural Identity in the Humilocene
David Abram with Tema Milstein and José Castro-Sotomayor
Chapter 2. Ecocultural Identity Boundary Patrol and Transgression
Chapter 3. Borderland Ecocultural Identities
Carlos A. Tarin, Sarah D. Upton, Stacey K. Sowards
Chapter 4. Ecocultural Identities in Intercultural Encounters
Chapter 5. Western Dominator Ecocultural Identity and the Denial of Animal Autonomy
Chapter 6. Critical Ecocultural Intersectionality
Melissa Michelle Parks
Part II. Forming and Fostering Ecocultural Identity
Chapter 7. Intersectional Ecocultural Identity in Family Stories
Chapter 8. Interspecies Ecocultural Identities in Human-Elephant Cohabitation
Elizabeth Oriel, Toni Frohoff
Chapter 9. Memory, Waterways, and Ecocultural Identity
Jeffrey Alan Hoffmann
Chapter 10. "Progressive Ranching" and Wrangling the Wind as Ecocultural Identity Maintenance in the Anthropocene
Casper G. Bendixsen, Trevor J. Durbin, Jakob Hanschu
Chapter 11. Constructing and Challenging Ecocultural Identity Boundaries among Sportsmen
Chapter 12. The Reworking of Evangelical Christian Ecocultural Identity in the Creation Care Movement
Emma Frances Bloomfield
Chapter 13. Navigating Ecocultural Indigenous Identity Affinity and Appropriation
Part III. Mediating Ecocultural Identity
Chapter 14. Identifying with Antarctica in the Ecocultural Imaginary
Chapter 15. Illegal Mining, Identity, and the Politics of Ecocultural Voice in Ghana
Eric Karikari, José Castro-Sotomayor, Godfried Asante
Chapter 16. Conservation Hero and Climate Villain Binary Identities of Swedish Farmers
Lars Hallgren, Hanna Ljunggren Bergeå, Helena Nordström Källström
Chapter 17. Modeling Watershed Ecocultural Identification and Subjectivity in the United States.
Part IV. Politicizing Ecocultural Identity
Chapter 18. Induced Seismicity, Quotidian Disruption, and Challenges to Extractivist Ecocultural Identity
Dakota K. T. Raynes, Tamara L. Mix
Chapter 19. Political Identity as Ecocultural Survival Strategy
John Carr, Tema Milstein
Chapter 20. The Making of Fluid Ecocultural Identities in Urban India
Chapter 21. Competing Models of Ecocultural Belonging in Highland Ecuador
Joe Quick, James T. Spartz
Chapter 22. Scapegoating Identities in the Anthropocene
Part V. Transforming Ecocultural Identity
Chapter 23. A Queer Ecological Reading of Ecocultural Identity in Contemporary Mexico
Gabriela Méndez Cota
Chapter 24. Wildtending, Settler Colonialism, and Ecocultural Identities in Environmental Futures
Chapter 25. Toward a Grammar of Ecocultural Identity
Chapter 26. Perceiving Ecocultural Identities as Human Animal Earthlings
Carrie P. Freeman
Chapter 27. Fostering Children’s Ecocultural Identities within Ecoresiliency
Shannon Audley, Ninian R. Stein, Julia L. Ginsburg
Chapter 28. Empathetic Ecocultural Positionality and the Forest Other in Tasmanian Forestry Conflicts
Afterword. Surviving and Thriving: The Ecocultural Identity Invitation
Tema Milstein, José Castro-Sotomayor
Tema Milstein is an associate professor of Environment & Society at the University of New South Wales. Her work tends to ways culture, society, and discourse inform – and are informed by – earthly relations.
José Castro-Sotomayor is an assistant professor at California State University Channel Islands. His work investigates environmental and intercultural dynamics of human and more-than-human communication, agency, and dissent.