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  • The Precarious Nature of Environmental Activism
    • Authors: Harvey; D. C.
      Pages: 371 - 378
      Abstract: In this introduction to the special issue on "The Precarious Nature of Environmental Activism", I describe my own path to environmental activism and the articles contributed to the special issue. In this special issue we look at the changing role of environmental activism. In particular, the authors focus on how the role of the activist is mediated by one’s relationship to the community or those individuals tasked with making environmental decisions. Relatedly, these papers also look at how activism and the relationship between activist and scholar roles can often be challenging and how many activist-scholars work in changing environments.
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669755
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
  • "Turning Out the Grassroots": Refining Public Feedback in Environmental
           Policy Making
    • Authors: Lorenzen, J. A; Gill, E, Andreoni, M.
      Pages: 379 - 400
      Abstract: How can the average person influence environmental policy making? To answer this question, we draw on 21 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with environmental activists, lobbyists, and legislative staff members at the state level. In addition, we supplement our data with field notes at lobby days and legislative hearings as well as 22 interviews with state capital interns. We find that public feedback (e-mails, letters, phone calls, and lobby days) focuses attention on environmental bills and turns them into public issues. We discuss the rare conditions under which e-mail advocacy is modestly effective and also detail the continued importance of personalized communication in interactive lobbying by phone and in person. Environmental activists strategically deploy moderate identities (i.e., concerned parent) in order to transform public issues into personal stories that legitimize their concerns, depoliticize problems, and establish connections with legislators. Personal stories, in turn, benefit from a logical fallacy or the assumption that vocal constituents likely represent concerns shared by additional community members. This interpretation has the potential to convert individualized problems back into public issues with policy solutions.
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669756
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
  • An Emotional Landscape of Place-based Activism: Exploring the Dynamics of
           Place and Emotion in Antifracking Actions
    • Authors: Raynes, D. K. T; Mix, T. L, Spotts, A, Ross, A.
      Pages: 401 - 423
      Abstract: We coconstruct a series of autoethnographic reflections to offer analysis of the emotions involved in early social movement mobilization. Oil and gas extraction and production are deeply embedded in Oklahoma’s economic, political, social, and cultural milieu. Using Woods et al.’s ladder of emotions model, we consider the constraints faced by three different proenvironmental/antifracking activists in Oklahoma within the context of place-based activism. Emotion and place-based identities are central to the early stages and continuance of social movement organization. We call for greater attention to these dynamics and further study of the role of emotions in the emergence, ascendance, and abeyance of social movement activity.
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669757
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
  • Relationship Building and People Work: An Exploratory Study of Social
           Networks and Environmental Activism
    • Authors: Anson, A; Paulson, N.
      Pages: 424 - 441
      Abstract: Environmental activism is often studied as a social movement that advocates on behalf of marginalized populations who are faced with environmental injustices. We expand on previous environmental activism scholarship by focusing on a chronic, widespread environmental hazard affecting more communities not traditionally emphasized in such scholarship: phosphorus pollution and subsequent blue-green algae blooms. This is a socioenvironmental problem of increasing significance worldwide due to both its prevalence and the challenge of dealing with the numerous sources of such pollution. This article offers insight into the social networks of activists who work alongside government agencies on this issue in the Red Cedar Basin of Wisconsin, and how these networks may lead to civic engagement through mechanisms of social capital. Social network analysis is used here, coupled with binary logit regression, and an exploration of different types of social capital and the likelihood of civic engagement. We find that variation in leadership trait values is dependent on cultivation of different types of social capital. The type of social capital also relates to environmental activism and organization of or attendance at farm field days. In addition, government agents are particularly central to these social networks and thus are perhaps in the best position to help mobilize environmental civil society. However, findings here show that effectiveness of network expansion is inhibited by neoliberalizing forces and subsequent community capacity constraints.
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669758
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
  • Sharing Stories: The Role of Personal Narratives in Community Mobilization
    • Authors: Robinson; E. E.
      Pages: 442 - 461
      Abstract: The focus of this study is the role of health narratives play in mobilization when shared among community members experiencing exposure to air pollution from numerous sources of industrial pollution. Grounded in the practice of community-based participatory research, The Stories Project (as the collection of narratives has been colloquially named) highlights various aspects of both the process and outcome of community and academic partnerships. Drawing attention to the process illustrates the complexity of such relationships in the field, and how an understanding of these relationships is vital to successful engagement of community members in such studies. The process of storytelling became the tool for successful mobilization in this community. Narratives became strategies and vehicles for social justice. Throughout, the reflexivity of the researcher also informed the process. It is this complexity that serves as the primary focus of the study, for intertwined in a reflection of storytelling and empowerment is the role the researcher plays in such outcomes.
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669759
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
  • Book Reviews: Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement
    • Authors: Cannon; C.
      Pages: 462 - 463
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669760
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
  • Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
    • Authors: East; E. A.
      Pages: 464 - 465
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669761
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
  • Mission Blue
    • Authors: Georgakopoulos; A.
      Pages: 466 - 468
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669762
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
  • Media Review: Club Disminucion
    • Authors: Harvey; D. C.
      Pages: 469 - 471
      PubDate: 2016-10-12T06:48:06-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0160597616669763
      Issue No: Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016)
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