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Media and Transnational Climate Justice

Indigenous Activism and Climate Politics

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Anna Roosvall and Matthew Tegelberg

Media and Transnational Climate Justice captures the intriguing nexus of globalization, crisis, justice, activism and news communication, at a time when radical measures are increasingly demanded to address one of the most pressing global issues: climate change. Anna Roosvall and Matthew Tegelberg take a unique approach to climate justice by focusing on transnational rather than international aspects, thereby contributing to the development of theories of justice for a global age, as well as in relation to media studies. The book specifically explores the roles, situations and activism of indigenous peoples who do not have full representation at UN climate summits despite being among those most exposed to injustices pertaining to climate change, as well as to injustices relating to politics and media coverage. This book thus scrutinizes political and ideological dimensions of the global phenomenon of climate change through interviews and observations with indigenous activists at UN climate summits, in combination with extensive empirical research conducted on legacy and social media coverage of climate change and indigenous peoples. The authors conclude by discussing transnational solidarity and suggest a solidarian mode of communication as a response to both the global crisis of climate change and the broader issues of injustice faced by indigenous peoples regarding redistribution, recognition and political representation.

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Acknowledgments

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This book is the product of work done over many years, in many different places, leaving us with a long list of people to thank. We began working together in 2009 when the MediaClimate network, headed by Elisabeth Eide and Risto Kunelius, met for the first time in Istanbul, Turkey. The book would not have been possible without Elisabeth’s and Risto’s continuous, inexhaustible support. We are grateful for their invaluable intellectual input throughout the years, for the wonderful example they set as collaborative leaders, and for the opportunities they created for us to travel to UN climate summits as well as several relevant conferences and network events. We also wish to thank the other contributors to this network, researchers from more than 20 different countries (the exact number has varied slightly over the years). We are grateful to them for the data they contributed—which we draw on in this book—and for creating such a dynamic, fruitful environment at network gatherings. A special thanks goes to Dmitry Yagodin for helping us to access and process this network data.

We are grateful to several students and research assistants who helped us in various ways over the years. For coding of the Swedish press material, thanks to Maria Kabatanya (2009), Markus Mattisson (2011) and Emilia Roosvall (2013, 2015). At York University, Bryn Ludlow provided valuable research support prior to our fieldwork at the Paris climate summit (2015). ← xiii | xiv → Kristina Stenström at Stockholm University helped to...

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