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Towards a Cultural Politics of Climate Change: Devices, Desires and Dissent

Edited by: Harriet Bulkeley, Matthew Paterson, Johannes Stripple

ISBN13: 9781107166271
Published: September 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £69.99

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Towards a Cultural Politics of Climate Change provides a new perspective on how climate change matters in policy-making, business and everyday life. It argues that the work of low carbon transitions takes place through the creation of devices, the mobilisation of desires, and the articulation of dissent.

Using case studies from the US, Australia, and Europe, the book examines the creation and contestation of new forms of cultural politics - of how a climate-changed society is articulated, realized and contested. Through this approach it opens up questions about how, where and by whom climate politics is conducted and the ways in which we might respond differently to this societal challenge.

This book provides a key reference point for the emerging academic community working on the cultural politics of climate change, and a means through which to engage this new area of research with the broader social sciences.

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1. Introduction Harriet Bulkeley, Matthew Paterson and Johannes Stripple
2. CHANGE: The European Commission's climate campaign as a technique of government Ylva Uggla and Fredrika Uggla
3. Devising low-carbon desires in the Australian urban economy Robyn Dowling, Pauline McGuirk, Harriet Bulkeley and Clare Brennan
4. Low-carbon devices and desires in community housing retrofit Andrew Karvonen
5. Caring for the low-carbon self: the government of self and others in the world as a gas greenhouse Timothy Luke
6. Grief, loss and the cultural politics of climate change Lesley Head
7. Culture, technology, and transport: navigating a path to low-carbon urban mobilities in the United States Hugh Bartling
8. 'The everyday choices we make matter': urban climate politics and the postpolitics of responsibility and action Jennifer L. Rice
9. Strategic engagements with resistance against energy efficient devices: exploring the hidden politics of comfort desires in housing Maj-Britt Quitzau and Birgitte Hoffmann
10. The directionality of desire in the economy of qualities: the case of retailers, refrigeration and reconstituted orange juice Josephine Mylan
11. The making of a zero-carbon home Heather Lovell
12. Wind power activism: epistemic struggles in the formation of eco-ethical selves at Vattenfall Annika Skoglund and Steffen Bohm
13. Conclusions Harriet Bulkeley, Matthew Paterson and Johannes Stripple