Climate Change [Key Ideas in Geography]

[Image courtesy Dehlia Hannah]

I have just completed the manuscript for a new book titled ‘Climate Change’, which will appear in the spring of 2021 in the Routledge Series of Key Ideas in Geography, edited by Noel Castree & Audrey Kobayashi. I will be posting further information about the book in the following months. The book comprises 10 chapters, organised thus:

Section 1 : Climate Histories and Knowledges

  • Climate and Culture Through History: climate change historicised
  • Climate Change and Science: climate change quantified

Section 2 : Finding the Meanings of Climate Change

  • Reforming Modernism: climate change assimilated
  • Sceptical Contrarianism: climate change contested
  • Transformative Radicalism: climate change mobilised
  • Subaltern Voices: climate change supplanted
  • Artistic Creativities: climate change re-imagined
  • Religious Engagements: climate change transcended

Section 3 : Climate Change to Come       

  • Governing Climate: climate change governed
  • Climate Imaginaries: climate change forever

The marketing blurb for the new book is pasted here:

Written by a leading geographer of climate, Climate Change offers a unique guide to students and general readers alike for making sense of this profound, far-reaching and contested idea.  This book is written as a student text, suitable for disciplinary and inter-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses that embrace climate change from within social science and humanities disciplines.  Science students studying climate change on inter-disciplinary programmes will also benefit from reading it, as too will the general reader looking for a fresh and distinctive account of climate change.

This book presents climate change as an idea with a past, a present and a future.  In 10 carefully crafted chapters, Climate Change offers a synoptic and inter-disciplinary understanding of the idea of climate change … from its varied historical and cultural origins, to its construction more recently through scientific endeavour, to the multiple ways in which political, social and cultural movements in today’s world seek to make sense of and act upon it, to the possible futures of climate, however it may be governed and imagined. 

The central claim of the book is that the full breadth and power of the idea of climate change can only be grasped from a vantage point that embraces the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences.  This vantage point is what the book offers, written from the perspective of a geographer whose career work on climate change has drawn across the full range of academic disciplines.  The book highlights the work of leading geographers in relation to climate change; examples, illustrations and case study boxes are drawn from different cultures around the world; and questions are posed for use in class discussions.