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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Movements

ISBN 9780367428785
Published January 31, 2022 by Routledge
628 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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This handbook provides readers with up-to-date knowledge on environmental movements and activism and is a reference point for international work in the field. It offers an assessment of environmental movements in different regions of the world, macrostructural conditions and processes underlying their mobilization, the microstructural and social-psychological dimensions of environmental movements and activism, and current trends, as well as prospects for environmental movements and social change.

The handbook provides critical reviews and appraisals of the current state of the art and future development of conceptual and theoretical approaches as well as empirical knowledge and understanding of environmental movements and activism. It encourages dialogue across the disciplinary barriers between social movement studies and other perspectives and reflects upon the causes and consequences of citizens’ participation in environmental movements and activities. The volume brings historical studies of environmentalism, sociological analyses of the social composition of participants in and sympathizers of environmental movements, investigations by political scientists on the conditions and processes underlying environmental movements and activism, and other disciplinary inquiries together, while keeping a clear focus within social movement theory and research as the main lines of inquiry.

The handbook is an essential guide and reference point not only for researchers but also for undergraduate and graduate teaching and for policymakers and activists.

Table of Contents

1.Environmental Movements Worldwide     

Maria Grasso and Marco Giugni

Part 1: Environmental Movements Around the World

2. Environmental Movements in Western Europe: From Globalization and Institutionalization to a New Model of Radicalization in the 21st Century?         

Sylvie Ollitrault

3. Rhapsody in Green: Environmental Movements in Central Eastern Europe

Ondrej Cisar

4. The “Tar Wars” and Climate Justice Activism in North America: A Transboundary Movement Linking the U.S. and Canada     

Ellen Spears

5. Geographies of Latin American Social-environmental Movements: Defending Territories and Lifeways in the Face of Violent Extractivism            

Joel Correia

6. Environmental Movements in Asia: Divergent Relationship with Political Liberalization

Fengshi Wu

7. Middle East and North Africa: Civil Society and Environmental Activism in the Arab World  

Salpie Djoundourian

8. African Environmental Movements: Africans Saving Africa Themselves     

Phia Steyn

9. Rising Tides and Dirty Coal: The Environmental Movement in Oceania          

Robyn Gulliver, Susilo Wibisono and Winnifred Louis

Part 2: Issues and Movement Sectors

10. Environmental Conservation       

Angela Mertig

11. Anti-nuclear Movements in the US, Europe and Asia    

Helena Flam and Hiroshi Honda

12. Extractivism in the America’s Indigenous: The Land of Resisters           

Ana Isla

13. Climate Change Movements in the Global North

Eugene Nulman

14. Animal Rights and Anti-Speciesism       

Lyle Munro

15. Political Consumerism and Food Activism         

Jasmine Lorenzini

16. Environmental Justice and Climate Justice           

Phaedra Pezzullo

17 Indigenous Movements    

Linda Etchart

Part 3: Macrostructural Conditions and Processes

18. Environmental Movements and Their Political Context

Joost de Moor and Mattias Wahlström

19. Mobilizing Environmental Experts and Expertise

Scott Frickel and Florencia Arancibia

20. From Environmental (Movement) Organizations to the Organizing of Environmental Collective Action    

Mario Diani

21. Environmental and Animal Oriented Radicalization: Walking a Different Path?

Gerry Nagtzaam and Pete Lentini

22. New Forms of Environmental Movement Institutionalization: Marketization and the Politics of Responsibility

Håkan Thörn

23. Commercialization: Environmentalism and Capitalist Markets

Philip Balsiger

Part 4: Microstructural and Social-Psychological Dimensions

24. Social Class and Environmental Movements        

Magnus Wennerhag and Anders Hylmo

25. Political Values and Socialization in Environmental Movements 

David Tindall, Erick Lachapelle, Valerie Berseth and Marjolaine Martel-Morin

26. Social Networks and Recruitment for Environmental Movements 

Clare Saunders

27. Framing Environmental Issues     

Louisa Parks

28. Gender and Environmental Movements   

Chie Togami and Suzanne Staggenborg

29. Environmental Activism and Everyday Life       

Francesca Forno and Stefan Wahlen

Part 5: Consequences and Outcomes

30. Policy and Legislative Outcomes of Environmental Movements 

Erik Johnson and Jon Agnone

31. Influence of Environmental Movements on Public Opinion and Attitudes: Do People’s Movements Move the People?          

Joanna Huxster

32. Environmental Movements and Scientific, Technological, and Industrial Change

David Hess

33: Biographical Consequences of Environmental Activism

Sara Vestergren and John Drury

Part 6: Environmental Movements in the Twenty-First Century

34. Youth and Environmental Activism

Sarah Pickard, Benjamin Bowman and Dena Arya

35. Environmental Movements and Digital Media   

Anastasia Kavada and Doug Specht

36 Green Democracy 

Amanda Machin

37. Neoliberalism and Social-environmental Movements in the Aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crash:  Linking Struggles Against Social, Spatial and Environmental Inequality

Elia Apostolopoulou

38. The Future of Environmental Movements

Carl Cassegard

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Maria Grasso is Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Marco Giugni is Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director of the Institute of Citizenship Studies (InCite) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.


"A comprehensive, detailed and authoritative treatment of environmental movements world-wide by leading scholars. It is by far the most useful text on this subject for both students and researchers."

Professor Brian Doherty, School of Social, Political and Global Studies, Keele University, UK

"At a time when climate action is more important than ever, Grasso and Giugni offer a globally inclusive overview of environmental movements that highlights the often overlooked role of Indigenous, Global South, anti-capitalist, and youth-led movements."

Janet A. Lorenzen, Associate Professor of Sociology, Willamette University, USA   

"This important collection paints a sophisticated picture of the many diverse environmental movements and forms of activism now found in every part of the planet. The impressive range of empirical cases and theoretical framings presented by a diverse group of scholars makes it is an invaluable resource for researchers and students who aspire to a truly interdisciplinary and global understanding of contemporary environmental politics."

Sherilyn MacGregor, Department of Politics, The University of Manchester, UK

"This exciting collection of critical scholarship on environmental movements is stunning in its breadth, depth, and sophistication. The contributors offer a range of new insights into the character, drivers, and consequences of those heterogenous, multiscalar, multigenerational, grassroots and institutionalized collectives that constitute the world’s environmental movements. If you are interested in an expansive reference source regarding how ordinary people concerned with our ecological futures are achieving social change in every corner of planet earth, this is the book for you."

David N. Pellow, Dehlsen Chair of Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara, USA

"This handbook is the most comprehensive and variegated treatment of contemporary environmental movements around the world. It covers a broad range of aspects, including issues, political contexts, and movement outcomes. I strongly recommend it to every student and scholar who is interested in the stunning diversity and complexity of a terrain that only can be mapped by a collaborative endeavor of both specialists and comparativists."

Prof. Dr. Dieter Rucht, Social Science Center (WZB) Berlin, Germany