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Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change

Jessica Barnes and Michael R Dove


Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our times, yet also seemingly intractable. This book draws together the state-of-the-art thinking in anthropology, approaching climate change as a nexus of nature, culture, science, politics, and belief. The book reveals new ways of thinking about the complex 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 th ... More

Keywords: Anthropology of climate change, Climate change knowledge, Historical perspectives on climate change, Imagination and climate change, Climate change impacts/adaptation/mitigation, Inter-disciplinary issues in climate change scholarship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300198812
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300198812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Barnes, editor
University of South Carolina

Michael R Dove, editor
Yale University

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Front Matter


Jessica Barnes and Michael R. Dove

Part One Historicizing Climate Change

Chapter 2 How Long-Standing Debates Have Shaped Recent Climate Change Discourses

Ben Orlove, Heather Lazrus, Grete K. Hovelsrud, and Alessandra Giannini

Part Two Knowing Climate Change

Chapter 4 Glacial Dramas

Jessica O’Reilly

Part Three Imagining Climate Change

Chapter 11 Climate Shock and Awe

Roderick J. McIntosh


Mike Hulme

End Matter