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Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication

Scripting the Environment

Oil, Democracy and the Sands of Time and Space

Authors: Takach, Geo

  • Explores how environmental-communication research can be shared with wider audiences through arts-based forms, specifically scripts for film, television, online video and the stage
  • Reveals how the identity of a place and the values of its residents are constructed and contested through documentary film and online video in the face of environmental concerns around fossil-fuel extraction in a globalized, visual society
  • Combines critical theory and political economy with arts-based research, aided by narrative inquiry, critical visual discourse analysis and visual framing analysis 
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About this book

This volume explores how to engage audiences both beyond and within the academy more deeply in environmental research through arts-based forms. It builds on a multi-pronged case study of scripts for documentary film, audio-visual and stage formats, focusing on how the identity of a place is constructed and contested in the face of environmental concerns around fossil-fuel extraction in a globalized, visual society--and specifically on the rising, international public-relations war over Alberta’s stewardship of the tar sands. Each script is followed by discussion of the author’s choices of initiating idea, research sources, format, voices, world of the story, structure and visual style, and other notes on the convergence of synthesis, analysis and (re)presentation in the script. Included are lively analysis and commentary on screenwriting and playwriting theory, the creation and dissemination of the scripts, and reflections to ground a proposed framework for writing eco-themed scripts for screen, audio-visual and stage formats.

About the authors

Geo Takach is a writer, filmmaker, speaker and instructor. His adventures span hundreds of publications in speeches, print, theatre, film, radio, television and Boolean ether. After many years of teaching communications at four universities in Alberta, Canada, he recently became Associate Professor at the School of Communication and Culture at Royal Roads University, Canada.

Reviews

“Scripting the Environment is an outstanding example of how arts-based research--and scripts in particular--can be used in service of environmental research. Indeed, Geo Takach has taken the fields of arts-based research and environmental studies forward, by showing how the former can be used in service of the latter. This is a well-written, engaging, and insightful book that offers environmentalists new, creative ways to think about conducting and sharing their research. I highly recommend it.” (Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., author of “Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice” and editor of the “Social Fictions series”)

“Drawing on environmental communication praxis, Takach combines cutting-edge scholarship and applied experience as a screen and stage writer to address the world’s largest industrial project in Canada. It is work such as this, persuasive and poetic, that we need to engage to learn how to address the complex challenges we face with greater imagination and renewed hope.”  (Phaedra C. Pezzullo, author of “Toxic Tourism: Rhetorics of Travel, Pollution, and Environmental Justice”)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 76,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40433-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-40432-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Scripting the Environment
Book Subtitle
Oil, Democracy and the Sands of Time and Space
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40433-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40433-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40432-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 238
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
Topics