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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.

Anna Roosvall received her PhD at Stockholm University, where she is Professor in the Department of Media Studies. In 2016 she was Visiting Fellow at LSE, London (Department of Media and Communications). Her publications include Communicating the Nation (2010, Inka Salovaara-Moring, co-editor).

Matthew Tegelberg received his PhD from Trent University and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at York University. He recently co-edited Media and Global Climate Knowledge: Climate Journalism and the IPCC (2017).