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Routledge Environmental Humanities


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From microplastics in the sea to hyper-trends such as global climate change, mega-extinction, and widening social disparities and displacement, we live on a planet undergoing tremendous flux and uncertainty. At the center of this transformation is human culture, both contributing to the state of the world and responding to planetary change. The Routledge Environmental Humanities Series seeks to engage with contemporary environmental challenges through the various lenses of the humanities and to explore foundational issues in environmental justice, multicultural environmentalism, ecofeminism, environmental psychology, environmental materialities and textualities, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, environmental communication and information management, multispecies relationships, and related topics. The series is premised on the notion that the arts, humanities, and social sciences, integrated with the natural sciences, are essential to comprehensive environmental studies.

The environmental humanities are a multidimensional discipline encompassing such fields as anthropology, history, literary and media studies, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and women’s and gender studies; however, the Routledge Environmental Humanities is particularly eager to receive book proposals that explicitly cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, bringing the full force of multiple perspectives to illuminate vexing and profound environmental topics. We favor manuscripts aimed at an international readership and written in a lively and accessible style. Our readers include scholars and students from across the span of environmental studies disciplines and thoughtful citizens and policy makers interested in the human dimensions of environmental change.

Please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (Rebecca.Brennan@tandf.co.uk), to submit proposals.

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Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities

Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities

1st Edition

Anitra Nelson, François Schneider
August 03, 2018

‘Degrowth’, a type of ‘postgrowth’, is becoming a strong political, practical and cultural movement for downscaling and transforming societies beyond capitalist growth and non-capitalist productivism to achieve global sustainability and satisfy everyone’s basic needs. This groundbreaking...

Environmental Humanities and Theologies: Ecoculture, Literature and the Bible

Environmental Humanities and Theologies: Ecoculture, Literature and the Bible

1st Edition

Rod Giblett
July 02, 2018

Many ways of thinking about and living with ‘the environment’ have their roots in the Bible and the Christian cultural tradition. Environmental Humanities and Theologies shows that some of these ways are problematic. It also provides alternative ways that value both materiality and spirituality....

Humanities for the Environment: Integrating knowledge, forging new constellations of practice

Humanities for the Environment: Integrating knowledge, forging new constellations of practice

1st Edition

Joni Adamson, Michael Davis
June 28, 2018

Humanities for the Environment, or HfE, is an ambitious project that from 2013-2015 was funded by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project networked universities and researchers internationally through a system of 'observatories'. This book collects the work of...

Brazil in the Anthropocene: Conflicts between predatory development and environmental policies

Brazil in the Anthropocene: Conflicts between predatory development and environmental policies

1st Edition

Liz-Rejane Issberner, Philippe Léna
June 20, 2018

Brazil is considered one of the world’s most important environmental powers. With a continental territory containing almost 70 per cent of the Amazon rainforest, along with a rich biodiversity and huge amount of natural resources, its geopolitical role in environmental decisions is crucial to...

Animals Count: How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations

Animals Count: How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations

1st Edition

Nancy Cushing, Jodi Frawley
June 18, 2018

Whether their populations are perceived as too large, just right, too small or non-existent, animal numbers matter to the humans with whom they share environments. Animals in the right numbers are accepted and even welcomed, but when they are seen to deviate from the human-declared set point, they...

The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children: Correcting Culture's Error

The Voice of Nature in Ted Hughes’s Writing for Children: Correcting Culture's Error

1st Edition

Lorraine Kerslake
June 14, 2018

Despite the fame Ted Hughes’s poetry has achieved, there has been surprisingly little critical writing on his children’s literature. This book identifies the importance of Hughes’s children’s writing from an ecocritical perspective and argues that the healing function that Hughes ascribes to nature...

Plant Ethics: Concepts and Applications

Plant Ethics: Concepts and Applications

1st Edition

Angela Kallhoff, Marcello Di Paola, Maria Schörgenhumer
June 06, 2018

Large parts of our world are filled with plants, and human life depends on, interacts with, affects and is affected by plant life in various ways. Yet plants have not received nearly as much attention from philosophers and ethicists as they deserve. In environmental philosophy, plants are often...

Sharks in the Arts: From Feared to Revered

Sharks in the Arts: From Feared to Revered

1st Edition

Vivienne Westbrook, Shaun Collin, Dean Crawford, Mark Nicholls
May 18, 2018

This book is the most thorough exploration to date of the many ways in which a wild creature has been absorbed, reimagined and represented across the ages in all of the major art forms. The authors consider not only how the identity of sharks in the natural environment became incorporated into a...

Food, Farming and Religion: Emerging Ethical Perspectives

Food, Farming and Religion: Emerging Ethical Perspectives

1st Edition

Gretel Van Wieren
April 23, 2018

Although the religious and ethical consideration of food and eating is not a new phenomenon, the debate about food and eating today is distinctly different from most of what has preceded it in the history of Western culture. Yet the field of environmental ethics, especially religious approaches to...

Literature and Ecofeminism: Intersectional and International Voices

Literature and Ecofeminism: Intersectional and International Voices

1st Edition

Douglas A. Vakoch, Sam Mickey
January 29, 2018

Bringing together ecofeminism and ecological literary criticism (ecocriticism), this book presents diverse ways of understanding and responding to the tangled relationships between the personal, social, and environmental dimensions of human experience and expression. Literature and Ecofeminism...

A Cultural History of Climate Change

A Cultural History of Climate Change

1st Edition

Tom Bristow, Thomas H. Ford
December 21, 2017

Charting innovative directions in the environmental humanities, this book examines the cultural history of climate change under three broad headings: history, writing and politics. Climate change compels us to rethink many of our traditional means of historical understanding, and demands new ways...

Rethinking Nature: Challenging Disciplinary Boundaries

Rethinking Nature: Challenging Disciplinary Boundaries

1st Edition

Aurélie Choné, Isabelle Hajek, Philippe Hamman
May 15, 2017

Contemporary ideas of nature were largely shaped by schools of thought from Western cultural history and philosophy until the present-day concerns with environmental change and biodiversity conservation. There are many different ways of conceptualising nature in epistemological terms, reflecting...

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