Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere

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SAGE, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 385 pages
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Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere is the first comprehensive undergraduate textbook in the growing field of environmental communication. It takes as its theme the role of communication in influencing the ways in which we perceive the environment as well as what actions we and others take in our relations to the natural world. The text blends scholarship and hands-on experiences to provide a theory-based and coherent description of the concrete communication practices and sites in the debates over environment protection.

Additional theory and vocabulary are introduced, as are case studies and examples for closer examination of the principal sites and practices of environmental communication - including forums for public participation, advocacy campaigns, media coverage of environmental stories, risk communication, and models of dispute settlement.

This accessible book:

• Summarizes current scholarship in the area and makes accessible many of the practices of media, corporations, and advocacy groups that are not readily available in public sources.

• Gives students insight into the practical ways to participate publicly in influencing the decisions of governmental agencies that affect the environment.

• Offers a comprehensible treatment of the complexity and range of issues, sites, and practices in environmental communication.

• Includes "Act Locally" exercises, which provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge of the principles of environmental communication


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Robert Cox (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal research areas are environmental communication, climate change communication, and strategic studies of social movements. One of the nationrsquo;s leading scholars in environmental communication, he has been President of the Sierra Club three times (2007-2008, 2000ndash;2001 and 1994ndash;1996) and has served for 20 years on the Sierra Clubrsquo;s Board of Directors. His published work includes critical studies on the discourse of the civil rights, peace, labor, and environmental movements. Cox is also on the Board of Directors for Earth Echo International, dedicated to oceans and marine ecology. He currently advises the Sierra Club on its communication outreach in the U.S., and serves on editorial boards of journals such as Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture. Cox advises U.S. environmental groups on their communication programs. He regularly participates in environmental initiatives and has campaigned with former Vice President Al Gore and singer Melissa Etheridge.

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