1st Edition

Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change Intersections of race, class and gender

Edited By Phoebe Godfrey, Denise Torres Copyright 2016
    360 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    360 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Sociological literature tends to view the social categories of race, class and gender as distinct and has avoided discussing how multiple intersections inform and contribute to experiences of injustice and inequity. This limited focus is clearly inadequate.

    Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change is an edited volume of 49 international, interdisciplinary contributions addressing global climate change (GCC) by intentionally engaging with the issues of race, gender, and class through an intersectional lens.  The volume challenges and inspires readers to foster new theoretical and practical linkages and think beyond the traditional, and oftentimes reductionist, environmental science frame by examining issues within their turbulent political, cultural, and personal landscapes. Varied media and writing styles invite students and educators to reflexively engage different, yet complementary, approaches to GCC analysis and interpretation, mirroring the disparate voices and viewpoints within the field. The second volume, Emergent Possibilities for Sustainability will take a similar approach but will examine the possibilities for solutions, as in the quest for global sustainability.

    This book is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and both undergraduate and post-graduate students in the areas of Environmental Studies, Climate Change, Gender Studies and International studies as well as those seeking a more intersectional analysis of GCC.

    Introduction: Locating ourselves within the Anthropocene: Applying intersectional analyses  Part I: Chaos  1. World turning; worlds colliding? Phoebe Godfrey & Denise Torres  2. Pulled from all angles David Jackson  3. Mother Earth Meets the Anthropocene: An Intersectional Feminist Analysis Jane Caputi  4. The Environment in the 21st Century Devin Samuels  5. Rush Limbaugh and the Expanding Culture War: Whiteness, Masculinity and Conservative Media Denials of Climate Change and Sexism Julie Bacon  6. Hegemonic masculinity Phoebe Godfrey  7. Supersky Woman Coco Gordon  8. MAN Still #63 Steve Cutts  9. Population, Climate Change, and the Embodiment of Environmental Crisis Jade Sasser  10. The Great Mother Wails Antonia Darder  Part II: AIR  11. The search for authenticity in a climate of denial Denise Torres & Phoebe Godfrey  12. Intelligent Life Khalil Bendib  13. The Science proves it or not Lewis Vande Pallen  14. The Canoe, The Island and The World Douglas Herman  15: Tlakaelel’s view of climate change Bert Gunn, translator  16: Climate change and Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S.: An exploration of public perceptions and media issues Bruno Takahashi & Juliet Pinto  17. A call for climate justice Rebecca Hall  18. Climate Action & literacy through creativity & conversations Patricia Widener et al.  19: MAN Still #73 Steve Cutts  Part III: EARTH  20. At the fault lines: Exposing the forces of discontinuity Phoebe Godfrey  21. Harvesting Poison Jose Gonzalez  22: Contradictions of a sick system: Food, climate and capitalism Chris Williams  23: Women, climate change and food security in Bangladesh Parvez Babul  24: Sila Chantal Bilodeau  25. Polar Bear on Bernard Harbor Subhankar Banerjee  26. Race, gender, and climate injustice: Dimensions of social and environmental inequality Toban Black  27. Mother Earth Isis Mattie and Imna Arroyo  28. The political ecology of Pachamama: Race, class, climate change, and Kallawaya traditions Dylan Harris  29. Sandcastle Gabrielle Maughan  Part IV: FIRE  30. The struggle for praxis: Forging the uncertainty Phoebe Godfrey and Denise Torres  31. Crude Cara Murray  32. Small Extinction Julian Norton  33. Şelmo oil field: A micro-site of global climate change and the global intimate Defne Sarsilmaz  34. Singing Today, For Tomorrow Priyanka Borpujari  35: Global wildfire and urban development: Blowback from disaster capitalism Albert Fu  36. As the world melts Phoebe Godfrey  37. Personal Tale from the Environmental Wetback: Rethinking Power, Privilege and Poverty in a Time of Climate Change Politics Soraya Cardenas  38. Climate Action Planning (CAP): An intersectional approach to the urban equity dilemma Chandra Russo & Andrew Pattison  39. Dear Future Generation Prince Ea  40. All yours Mr. Fish  Part V: Water  41. The fluidity of identity and the crisis of material reality Denise Torres  42. El Agua es la Vida Jose Gonzalez  43. Citizenship: Environmental disasters, intersectional vulnerabilities and changing citizenship models Hamad Sindhi  44. Race, social class and disasters: The Katrina version of reality Al Duvernay  45. Poison water blessings Cherese Mathews  46. Sea Ice Subhankar Banerjee  47. Evangelical Environmentalism: An analysis of gender and ideology Lisa M. Corrigan & Molly Rawn  48. Climate change and complexity of gender issues in Ethiopia Victoria Team & Eyob Hassen  49. How climate change makes me feel Anthony J. Richardson


    Phoebe Godfrey is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence at UCONN in sociology. She co-founded the non-profit CLiCK dedicated to a local sustainable food system.

    Denise Torres is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. The unifying theme of her work and publications is the authentic inclusion of silenced and marginalized groups in the systems that affect them.

    "Inspiring, life affirming, poignant. This densely packed volume of wisdom from the hearts and minds of people most intimately targeted by climate change illustrates what is at stake, provides a vision of what must be done, and cogently illustrates an intersectional analysis that includes the environment. There is no other book like it." – Kari Marie Norgaard, Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon, USA

    "At one level climate change seems so simple: too much carbon in the atmosphere. But as this provocative volume makes clear, the real truth is far more complicated and interesting. There's never been a better lens than global warming for looking at the ways that power is wielded on our planet, and these essays, poems, and images do much to bring that picture into sharp focus."Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, USA

    "Passionately mixing scholarly, activist and poetic analysis of global climate change, this volume takes anti-racist and queerfeminist intersectional analysis to new levels of critical transgression and global understanding. It makes a strong case for using intersectionality to deconstruct and decolonialize borders between struggles for climate, environmental, social and reproductive justice." Nina Lykke, Professor of Gender Studies and co-director of the Centre for Gender Excellence (GEXcel), Linkoeping University, Sweden 

    The work offers an innovative synthesis of two key sociological approaches - ‘intersectionality' and 'just sustainabilities’. Challenging both media denialisms and the silo methodologies of academia, Godfrey, Torres, and their community of authors are relentless in their diagnosis of exploitive social prejudices that drive the Anthropocene, globalization, climate change, food scarcity, and violence." – Ariel Salleh, author of "Ecofeminism as Politics"

    "Ambitious, groundbreaking, and refusing to settle, Godfrey and Torres assemble an eclectic collection of essays, uniting a new diverse generation of intellectual activists who care deeply about the globe. They use intersectionality—not as a slogan so-often bandied about within academia with empty signifiers of race, class and gender—but as a powerful navigational tool for thinking through the challenges facing the globe and the people who inhabit it." – Patricia Hill Collins, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    'The book sends a powerful message of theory and praxis, scholarship and activism in its structural and intersectional analysis of global climate change.'
    David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer 2017/2