Tema Milstein and José Castro-Sotomayor publish Handbook of Ecocultural Identity

Founding and lifetime member Tema Milstein and member José Castro-Sotomayor have published the Handbook of Ecocultural Identity, a timely book that brings environmental communication into conversation with the wider transdisciplinary realm in 28 original research chapters by 40 international authors, including many IECA members. It is an essential resource for the public and academia, and will be of use to scholars, practitioners, protectors, students, teachers, and policy-makers communicating environmental transformation. The Handbook in part emerged from a popular panel at COCE 2017 in England. Routledge has provided a 20% discount code: FLR40.

The Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identity brings the ecological turn to sociocultural understandings of self. The editors introduce a broad, insightful assembly of original theory and research on planetary positionalities in flux in the Anthropocene – or what in this Handbook cultural ecologist David Abram presciently renames the Humilocene, a new “epoch of humility.” Forty international authors craft a kaleidoscopic lens, focusing on the following key interdisciplinary inquiries:

Part I illuminates identity as always ecocultural, expanding dominant understandings of who we are and how our ways of identifying engender earthly outcomes.

Part II examines ways ecocultural identities are fostered and how difference and spaces of interaction can be sources of environmental conviviality.

Part III illustrates consequential ways the media sphere informs, challenges, and amplifies particular ecocultural identities.

Part IV delves into the constitutive power of ecocultural identities and illuminates ways ecological forces shape the political sphere.

Part V demonstrates multiple and unspooling ways in which ecocultural identities can evolve and transform to recall ways forward to reciprocal surviving and thriving.