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Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change

Intersections of race, class and gender, 1st Edition

Edited by Phoebe Godfrey, Denise Torres


332 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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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 willtake 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.


"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, 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

"The book sends a powerful message of theory and praxis, scholarship and activism in its structural and intersectional analysis of global climate change." - Paradigm Explorer

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy