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Media and Transnational Climate Justice

Indigenous Activism and Climate Politics


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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Advance Praise for Media and Transnational Climate Justice


“Media and Transnational Climate Justice puts indigenous voices at the center of how we understand climate justice, offering an expansive analysis of transnational solidarity and the ways that it shapes and is shaped by sophisticated forms and practices of media activism. By combining the experiences of indigenous media activists, analysis of indigenous representations in legacy news, and fresh theoretical insight that challenge dominant climate politics, this exceptionally thoughtful and well researched book offers a blueprint for media justice. It is an essential read not only for those seeking to understand and reform climate politics but also for those interested in the ways media can support rather than undermine justice.”—Adrienne Russell, Mary Laird Wood Professor of Journalism and the Environment, University of Washington

“This is a terrific book, deeply unsettling yet ultimately hopeful. Carefully argued, innovatively researched, and written with fierce optimism, it seeks to reframe and revision a prevailing understanding of climate change. It endeavours to add new and necessary voices to a conversation that has been lopsided and too often has ignored Indigenous input. Read it!”—Mark Cronlund Anderson, Professor in the Department of History, University of Regina

“What is the role of the media in communicating climate justice? Who speaks and who should speak? Rigorous and clear, this is the first volume that explores these questions as questions of struggle over voice. It offers a compelling critique of dominant climate reporting and makes a strong case for listening to the indigenous...

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