Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0761930501
ISBN-10: 0761930507
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"Writing for undergraduate students, Cox explains how communication shapes perceptions of environmental issues; surveys some of the media and public forums that are used for environmental communications and some of the communication practices of ordinary citizens, scientists, corporate lobbyists, and others seeking to influence decisions about nature and the human environment; and identifies conversations and debates taking place locally and globally that students and activists can join." (SciTech Book News 2006-12-05)

"This all combines into an intensive introduction to an important aspect of communication―written by a man who has played an active part in the field about which he writes." 

―COMMUNICATION BOOKNOTES QUARTERLY (Christopher H. Sterling Communication Booknotes Quarterly - Vol 39:I January-March 2008 2008-03-18)

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Robert Cox (PhD, University of Pittsburgh) is Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal research areas are environmental and climate change communication, and strategic studies of social movements. One of the nation’s leading scholars in environmental communication, Cox is coeditor of The Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication (2015), as well as authoring numerous studies of environmental and climate change campaigns. He has served three times as President of the Sierra Club, the largest grassroots U.S. environmental organization, and is also on the Board of Directors for Earth Echo International whose mission is “to empower youth to take action that restores and protects our water planet.” Cox continues to advise environmental groups on their communication programs, and serves as an advisory editor for the journal, Environmental Communication. Cox regularly participates in environmental and climate change initiatives and has campaigned with former Vice President Al Gore, singer Melissa Etheridge, and other public figures. He also enjoys hiking and trekking in the Himalayas and the southern Appalachian Mountains in the U.S.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 1 edition (January 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761930507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761930501
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Stein on April 1, 2008
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This book is incredibly valuable to anyone seeking to learn more about environmental and social movement communication. It's one of those rare books that smartly, coherently and comprehensively lays out the state of research on an important subfield of communication studies. It's also written in a way that is accessible to both practitioners and scholars.
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Excellent book from environmental communication guru Robert Cox. In the age of inconvenient truths, environmental mania and natural resource confusion, environmental communication is fast becoming a professional and research field in its own right.

Anyone involved in this field, from scientists to communications professionals to students will find this book to be the definitive overview of the many ways nature enters into cultures and societies, shaping our actions at a meta-level and in everyday life.

A caveat applies here though: The second edition is updated and relevant, however the quality of the book itself - printing, layout and paper is noticeably lower and less inviting than the first edition, which is dissapointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 17, 2009
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The second updated edition of this classic college-level survey remains the only comprehensive introduction to the field of environmental communication and thus continues to deserve a place in any collection strong in environmental issues. The author uses his background as three-time president of the Sierra Club to explore the interaction between environmentalists and the political and media systems. This offers discussion of major issues and practices in the field and adds new information about court rulings on global warming, new media and more.
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By David Souza on January 31, 2013
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The book is very well organized and presents a well-balanced mix of text, images, and figures/tables. The language is plain and easy to understand as it brings a structured approach to the various issues and methods regarding the communication of environmental subjects in the public realm. I have it as a text book in a course I am enrolled in and I can not think of a better choice than this one to understand environmental communication.
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