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Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication

Environmental News in South America

Conflict, Crisis and Contestation

Authors: Pinto, Juliet, Prado, Paola, Tirado-Alcaraz, J. Alejandro

  • Utilizes theoretical perspectives from media studies and political ecology to understand news content production 
  • Fills a gap in literature examining South American news production of environmental content 
  • Brings to light the complexities found in content analyses done within different socio-political and cultural environments 
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Combining perspectives from media studies and political ecology, this book analyses socially constructed news regarding three environmental conflicts in South America. In recent decades, South American political administrations have tied national economies to neo-extractive development strategies, creating not only vulnerabilities to global commodity boom and bust pricing cycles, but also to conflict regarding environmental and cultural degradation from extraction activities. Environmental contestations among indigenous peoples, environmental and social NGOs, state actors, and extraction industries receive media attention, but how these disputes are covered has implications for understandings of media performance in democratizing nations. The authors examine three case studies of environmental contestation in a region that is simultaneously vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and yet has become once again dependent on commodity exportation to industrializing and industrialized nations for economic benefit and social development strategies. 

About the authors

Juliet Pinto is Associate Professor of Journalism and Broadcasting in the School of Communication and Journalism at Florida International University, USA.

Paola Prado is Associate Professor of Journalism and Digital Media in the Communication Department at Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, USA.

Alejandro Tirado is Researcher at the Latino Policy Institute and Instructor at Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, USA.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Extraction, National Development and Environmental News in Twenty-first-century South America

    Pinto, Juliet (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • News, Conflict and Environment as Social Constructions

    Pinto, Juliet (et al.)

    Pages 23-54

  • Ecuador and the Chevron Case: Spinning Risk, Hazard and Reward

    Pinto, Juliet (et al.)

    Pages 55-80

  • Brazil and the Belo Monte Dam: “The Amazon Is Ours”

    Pinto, Juliet (et al.)

    Pages 81-114

  • Chile’s Pascua Lama: Where Water Is Worth More than Gold

    Pinto, Juliet (et al.)

    Pages 115-141

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47498-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Environmental News in South America
Book Subtitle
Conflict, Crisis and Contestation
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47499-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47499-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47498-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 168
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations
Topics