Friday, January 06, 2012

What is Maxwell T. Boykoff reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Maxwell T. Boykoff, author of Who Speaks for the Climate?: Making Sense of Media Reporting on Climate Change.

One book he mentioned:
Knowing Nature: Conversations at the Intersection of Political Ecology and Science Studies, edited by my colleague here in Colorado, Mara J. Goldman, along with Paul Nadasdy and Matthew Turner. I’ve been skipping around in it to read various case studies of how the biological, physical and ecological meet political, cultural, economic and social dimensions of human-environment challenges. I like the fusion of political ecology and science studies approaches in these case-based essays. I particularly have...[read on]
About Who Speaks for the Climate?, from the publisher:
The public rely upon media representations to help interpret and make sense of the many complexities relating to climate science and governance. Media representations of climate issues – from news to entertainment – are powerful and important links between people's everyday realities and experiences, and the ways in which they are discussed by scientists, policymakers and public actors. A dynamic mix of influences – from internal workings of mass media such as journalistic norms, to external political, economic, cultural and social factors – shape what becomes a climate 'story'. Providing a bridge between academic considerations and real world developments, this book helps students, academic researchers and interested members of the public make sense of media reporting on climate change as it explores 'who speaks for climate' and what effects this may have on the spectrum of possible responses to contemporary climate challenges.
Learn more about Who Speaks for the Climate? at the Cambridge University Press website.

Maxwell T. Boykoff is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Science and Technology Policy, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Writers Read: Maxwell T. Boykoff.

--Marshal Zeringue