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Environmental Conflict and the Media

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Edited By Libby Lester and Brett Hutchins

Has the hype associated with the «revolutionary» potential of the World Wide Web and digital media for environmental activism been muted by the past two decades of lived experience? What are the empirical realities of the prevailing media landscape?
Using a range of related disciplinary perspectives, the contributors to this book analyze and explain the complicated relationship between environmental conflict and the media. They shine light on why media are central to historical and contemporary conceptions of power and politics in the context of local, national and global issues and outline the emerging mixture of innovation and reliance on established strategies in environmental campaigns.
With cases drawn from different sections of the globe – Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Europe, Latin America, China, Japan, the Pacific Islands, Africa – the book demonstrates how conflicts emanate from and flow across multiple sites, regions and media platforms and examines the role of the media in helping to structure collective discussion, debate and decision-making.

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Wendy Bacon is Professor at the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is an investigative journalist and a contributing editor to New Matilda. She is a board member of the Pacific Media Centre at the Auckland University of Technology. She was Australian Director of the Global Environmental Journalism Initiative 2009–2011. daniel Brock ington is Professor of Conservation and Development at the IDPM, University of Manchester. His research covers diverse aspects of con- servation, development and celebrity. His recent books are Celebrity and the Environment (2009, ZED books) and Nature Unbound (2008, Earthscan, with Rosaleen Duffy and Jim Igoe).  cr aig calhoun’s world-recognized work connects sociology to culture, commu- nication, politics, philosophy and economics. Before becoming LSE Director in 2012, he was University Professor at New York University. He is the author of several books including Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors and The Roots of Radicalism. c at her i n e a n n col l i ns (PhD, University of Minnesota) is Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies at Willamette University, and writes and teaches in the areas of environmental and visual rhetoric and narrative and trauma the- ory. Recent publications are in Continuum, Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change, and Challenges in International Communication. s imon cot t le is Professor of Media and Communications and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. His latest books are Disasters and the Media (2012)...

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