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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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Names: Roosvall, Anna, author. | Tegelberg, Matthew, author. Title: Media and transnational climate justice: indigenous activism and climate politics / Anna Roosvall and Matthew Tegelberg. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Series: Global crises and the media; Vol. 22 | ISSN 1947-2587 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017022476 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3488-3 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3487-6 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4599-5 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4600-8 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4601-5 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Indigenous peoples—Ecology. | Indigenous peoples—Politics and government. | Climatic changes—Political aspects. | Climatic changes—Moral and ethical aspects. | Environmental justice. | Climatic changes—Press coverage. | Mass media and the environment. | Conference of the Parties (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Classification: LCC GF50 .R66 2018 | DDC 363.738/74—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b12949

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