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Carbon footprints as cultural-ecological metaphors

Author: Anita Girvan
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Series: Routledge environmental humanities.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Through an examination of carbon footprint metaphors this books demonstrates the ways in which climate change and other ecological issues are culturally and materially constituted through metaphor. The carbon footprint metaphor has achieved a ubiquitous presence in Anglo-North American public contexts since the turn of the millennium, yet this metaphor remains under-examined as a crucial mediator of political  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anita Girvan
ISBN: 9781138658066 1138658065
OCLC Number: 1011554736
Notes: "Earthscan from Routledge"--Cover.
Description: 200 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction : How big is yours? --
Part I. Setting the stage. Cultural-material resonances of 'carbon' and 'footprint' and the emergence of a new compound metaphor --
Mise-en-scène : metaphor, affect, politics, ecology --
Part II. Case studies. Introduction : A tale of three footprints --
Carbon subjectivity --
Carbon citizenship --
Carbon vitality --
Conclusion : Fostering critical eco-aesthetic literacies.
Series Title: Routledge environmental humanities.
Responsibility: Anita Girvan.

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"Through an examination of carbon footprint metaphors this books demonstrates the ways in which climate change and other ecological issues are culturally and materially constituted through metaphor. The carbon footprint metaphor has achieved a ubiquitous presence in Anglo-North American public contexts since the turn of the millennium, yet this metaphor remains under-examined as a crucial mediator of political responses to the urgent crisis of climate change. Existing books and articles on the carbon footprint typically treat this metaphor as a quantifying metric, with little attention to the shifting mediations and practices of the carbon footprint as a metaphor. This gap echoes a wider gap in understanding metaphors as key figures in mediating more-than-human relations at a time when such relations profoundly matter. As a timely intervention, Carbon Footprints addresses this gap by using insights from environmental humanities and political ecology to discuss carbon footprint metaphors in popular and public texts. This book will be of great interest to researchers and students of environmental humanities, political ecology, environmental communication and metaphor studies"--

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