Book: Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change

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Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change

Edited by Jessica Barnes, assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environment and Sustainability Program at the University of South Carolina, and Michael R. Dove, the Margaret K. Musser Professor of Social Ecology and professor of anthropology

(Yale University Press)

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of modern times, yet also seemingly intractable. This book offers insights into this contemporary challenge, drawing together state-of-the-art thinking in anthropology.

Approaching climate change as a nexus of nature, culture, science, politics, and belief, the book reveals ways of understanding the relationships between society and climate, science and the state, certainty and uncertainty, global and local that are manifested in climate change debates. The contributors address three major areas of inquiry: how climate change issues have been framed in previous times compared to the present; how knowledge about climate change and its impacts is produced and interpreted by different groups; and how imagination plays a role in shaping conceptions of climate change.

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