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Political Ecology and Environmentalism in Britain

Editor(s): Brendan Prendiville, David Haigron
Contributors: Clare Saunders, Brendan Prendiville, Stéphanie Bory, Sarah Pickard, Sebastian Berg, Neil Carter;

Book Description

This collection of essays highlights the different dimensions of the contemporary British environmentalist movement from a multidisciplinary viewpoint. Beginning with an historical overview of the movement, the reader is then presented with an analysis of the politics of climate change from a political science perspective. This is followed by a sociological examination of climate change protesters and environmental activism among young people. The volume also includes an analysis of the ideological relationship between political ecology and the British Left, as well as a case study of environmentalism in Wales against the backdrop of devolution.

The book is based on two distinct, yet complementary, perspectives: environmentalism and political ecology. What is this distinction and what is its significance? Answers to these questions and others can be found in these essays which are a must-read for both students and researchers interested in environmental politics in Britain and British area studies.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-4247-1
ISBN-10: 1-5275-4247-5
Date of Publication: 01/01/2020
Pages / Size: 159 / A5
Price: £58.99


Brendan Prendiville is Senior Lecturer at the University of Rennes 2, France. His research focuses on political ecology and environmentalism in Britain and France from a political/sociological perspective. He has published two books, Environmental Politics in France (1994) and L’Ecologie: la politique autrement? Culture, sociologie et histoire des écologistes (1993). He is also the author of a number of articles, including “Ecologism” in Political Ideologies in Contemporary France (1997); “Mouvements sociaux et politique routière dans la Grande-Bretagne des années 1990” in Le Démon Moderne (edited by G. Massard Guilbaud; 2002); “Ecocitizenship in the UK” in Citoyen ou consommateur: les mutations rhétoriques et politiques au Royaume Uni (edited by Tim Whitton and Raphaëlle Espiet; 2006); and “Rural Protest in England” in The English Countryside: Representations, Identities, Mutations (edited by David Haigron, 2017).

David Haigron is Senior Lecturer in British Studies at the University of Rennes 2, France. His PhD focused on “British Party Election and Political Broadcasts”, and his research explores political communication and social representations in the media. He is the editor of The English Countryside: Representations, Identities, Mutations (2017) and The UK’s Political Landscape in the 21st Century: Players, Strategies, Achievements (LISA e-journal 12 (8), 2014). He co-edited Social Class on British and American Screens: Essays on Cinema and Television (with Nicole Cloarec and Delphine Letort, 2016) and Stratégies et campagnes électorales en Grande-Bretagne et aux États-Unis (with Renée Dickason and Karine Rivière-De Franco, 2009).