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Palgrave Studies in Environmental Sociology and Policy

Climate Change and Storytelling

Narratives and Cultural Meaning in Environmental Communication

Authors: Arnold, Annika

  • Emphasises the need for narrative analysis in understanding the current political and public debate surrounding climate change
  • Suggests an analytical scheme for investigating cultural narratives with the help of narrative and literary theory
  • Presents the findings of the author’s narrative analyses of interviews with climate change advocates in the USA and Germany
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About this book

Climate change is as much a cultural phenomenon as it is a natural one. This book is about those cultural patterns that surround our perception of the environmental crisis and which are embodied in the narratives told by climate change advocates. It investigates the themes and motifs in those narratives through the use of narrative theory and cultural sociology.

Developing a framework for cultural narrative analysis, Climate Change and Storytelling draws on qualitative interviews with stakeholders, activists and politicians in the USA and Germany to identify motifs and the relationships between heroes, villains and victims, as told by the messengers of the narrative.

This book will provide academics and practitioners with insights into the structure of climate change communication among climate advocates and the cultural fabric that informs it. 


About the authors

Annika Arnold is Senior Researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS), Stuttgart University, Germany. She is an environmental and cultural sociologist whose research focuses on topics of sustainable development and environmental communication, largely from a cultural perspective.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Why Narratives Matter in Climate Change Communication

    Arnold, Annika

    Pages 1-6

  • Climate Change Communication Studies: Inquiries into Beliefs, Information and Stories

    Arnold, Annika

    Pages 7-55

  • How to Understand the Role of Narratives in Environmental Communication: Cultural Narrative Analysis

    Arnold, Annika

    Pages 57-81

  • Telling the Stories of Climate Change: Structure and Content

    Arnold, Annika

    Pages 83-122

  • Conclusions: Pitfalls and the Power of Narratives

    Arnold, Annika

    Pages 123-133

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eBook 41,64 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-69383-5
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Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-69382-8
  • 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
Climate Change and Storytelling
Book Subtitle
Narratives and Cultural Meaning in Environmental Communication
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Environmental Sociology and Policy
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69383-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69383-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69382-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 136
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