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Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity

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536 Pages - 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Tema Milstein

Chapter 3. Borderland Ecocultural Identities

Carlos A. Tarin, Sarah D. Upton, Stacey K. Sowards

Chapter 4. Ecocultural Identities in Intercultural Encounters

José Castro-Sotomayor

Chapter 5. Western Dominator Ecocultural Identity and the Denial of Animal Autonomy

Laura Bridgeman

Chapter 6. Critical Ecocultural Intersectionality

Melissa Michelle Parks


Part II. Forming and Fostering Ecocultural Identity


Chapter 7. Intersectional Ecocultural Identity in Family Stories

Mariko Thomas

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

Jessica Love-Nichols

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

Charles Carlin


Part III. Mediating Ecocultural Identity


Chapter 14. Identifying with Antarctica in the Ecocultural Imaginary

Hanne Nielsen

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.

Jeremy Trombley


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

Shilpa Dahake

Chapter 21. Competing Models of Ecocultural Belonging in Highland Ecuador

Joe Quick, James T. Spartz

Chapter 22. Scapegoating Identities in the Anthropocene

Leonie Tuitjer


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

Bruno Seraphin

Chapter 25. Toward a Grammar of Ecocultural Identity

Arran Stibbe

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

Rebecca Banham


Afterword. Surviving and Thriving: The Ecocultural Identity Invitation

Tema Milstein, José Castro-Sotomayor


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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.