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CFP for book chapters for Handbook of Anti-Environmentalism.

Handbook of Anti-Environmentalism

David Tindall, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Riley E. Dunlap (Editors).

To be published by Edward Elgar Publishing.


We seek chapter proposals for an edited volume to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing on anti-environmental movements and mobilization. David Tindall, Mark C.J. Stoddart, and Riley E. Dunlap will serve as editors for this volume.

This book will focus on empirical research and theorizing about movements, campaigns, and collective action against environmental movements and environmental protection policies and programs writ large.  Broadly speaking these efforts can be conceptualized as “counter-movements.”

While there are a few exemplars of anti-environmental counter-movements, such as the Wise Use Movement that emerged in the Western US in the 1980s and 1990s, or the contemporary climate change denial campaigns in North America and Europe – we anticipate including studies examining a wide variety of collective action against environmentalism and environmental protection efforts, and plan to include cases that vary in terms of geography (including developed and developing countries), substantive environmental issues (forestry, fishing, mining, nuclear power, climate change, wilderness protection, environmental justice, environmental racism, etc), and political ideology.

With regard to the issue of political ideology, the exemplar cases involved the mobilization of conservative actors against the environmental movement, scientists, and governments. But other examples might include: Indigenous groups that have mobilized against environmental campaigns over issues like whale hunting or seal hunting, and progressive social justice movements that have mobilized against environmental movements that are seen as embodying neo-liberal agendas that ignore or even promote environmental injustice. Other themes might explore the roles of religion and culture (such as an adherence to anthropocentrism, or commitment to consumerism) in catalyzing opposition to environmentalism

One section of the book will focus on theoretical work. We anticipate submissions on counter-movement theory, and other relevant theoretical perspectives in environmental social science (including perspectives that provides explanations for resistance to environmental protection and sustainability in the context of politics, the economy, culture, and social psychology).

Empirically, we would like to encourage the inclusion of diverse cases that examine the breadth of anti-environmental movements. We are interested in political economic accounts of anti-environmentalism, including network analyses of corporate interlocks, and counter-movement networks.

This will be a multi-disciplinary volume, and we anticipate contributions from sociology, political science, anthropology, geography, history, and other disciplines.

We encourage diverse methods, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods approaches, and studies that vary amongst micro, meso, and macro analyses. We also encourage the submission of proposals for historical analyses on this topic.


Details for Proposal Submissions:

For proposal submissions: Please provide a title, names and affiliations of the authors, and a 250-400 word abstract.
Please e-mail these to David Tindall at: [log in to unmask]
Deadline for submission of chapter proposals: November 1st, 2017
Chapter selection will be made by December 15th, 2017, and a first draft of book chapters will be due by July 1st, 2018.

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