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Book on Media and Environmental Politics

Aug 13, 2014

The role of media in enrivonmental politics is the topic of the new book edited by Somnath Batabyal, associate member of the Cluster. The book is partly based on his work at the Cluster.

This book “Environment, Politics and Activism: the Role of Media” examines the role of the media in environmental politics and activism in the 21st century. It highlights how politics is mediated in myriad ways through newspapers and news channels, mobile telephony and social networking sites. Furthermore, it shows how the media creates and influences relevant discourses, builds campaigns and awareness, and adopts and discards issues. With a range of perspectives on issues of environmental justice and equity, the volume scrutinizes how the media discourse on environment shapes our politics, and the role of international politics, finance, youth, newspapers, magazines and 24-hour television.

Bringing together academics, activists and media persons, this highly topical book will serve as significant reading for researchers and scholars of development studies and media studies, as well as policymakers, NGOs and environmental campaigners.

Dr. Somnath Batabyal is associate member of the Cluster. He was postdoctoral researcher in project C 13 “Environmental Activism”. Dr. Batabyal is now lecturer in Media and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.

The book “Environment, Politics and Activism: the Role of Media” was published by Routledge in August, 2014.


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