Understanding how rhetoric, and environmental rhetoric in particular, informs and is informed by local and global ecologies contributes to our conversations about sustainability and resilience — the preservation and conservation of the earth and the future of human society. This book explores some of the complex relationships, collaborations, compromises, and contradictions between human endeavor and situated discourses, identities and landscapes, social justice and natural resources, movement and geographies, unpacking and grappling with the complexities of rhetoric of presence. Making a significant contribution to exploring the complex discursive constructions of environmental rhetorics and place-based rhetorics, this collection considers discourses, actions, and adaptations concerning environmental regulations and development, sustainability, exploitation, and conservation of energy resources. Essays visit arguments on cultural values, social justice, environmental advocacy, and identity as political constructions of rhetorical place and space. Rural and urban case studies contribute to discussions of the ethics and identities of environment, and the rhetorics of environmental cartography and glocalization. Contributors represent a range of specialization across a variety of scholarly research in such fields as communication studies, rhetorical theory, social/cultural geography, technical/professional communication, cartography, anthropology, linguistics, comparative literature/ecocriticism, literacy studies, digital rhetoric/media studies, and discourse analysis. Thus, this book goes beyond the assumption that rhetorics are situated, and challenges us to consider not only how and why they are situated, but what we mean when we theorize notions of situated, place-based rhetorics.

chapter |12 pages


ByPeter N. Goggin

part 1|54 pages

Places We Dig (Mine)

chapter 1|13 pages

A Certain Uncertainty

Drilling Into the Rhetoric of Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Development
ByJames Guignard

chapter 2|14 pages

Eco-Seeing a Tradition of Colonization

Revealing Shadow Realities of Marcellus Drilling
ByBrian Cope

chapter 3|12 pages

Sense of Place, Identity, and Cultural Continuity in an Arizona Community

ByDeborah L. Williams, Elizabeth A. Brandt

chapter 4|13 pages

Mt. Taylor, New Mexico

Efforts to Provide Resilience to a Sacred Mountain Socio-Ecological System
BySally Said

part 2|58 pages

Places We Build and Create

chapter 5|15 pages

A Land Ethic for Urban Dwellers

ByGesa E. Kirsch

chapter 6|13 pages

“We Face East”

The Narragansett Dawn and Ecocentric Discourses of Identity and Justice
ByMatthew Ortoleva

chapter 7|14 pages

Conjuring the Farm

Constructing Agricultural Places in U.S. Schools
ByCynthia R. Haller

chapter 8|14 pages

Digital Cities

Rhetorics of Place in Environmental Video Games
ByMichael Springer, Peter N. Goggin

part 3|45 pages

Places We Travel Through, Around, and Within

chapter 9|16 pages

Reading the Atlas of the Patagonian Sea

Toward a Visual-Material Rhetorics of Environmental Advocacy
ByAmy D. Propen

chapter 10|12 pages

A Place of One's Own

BySamantha Senda-Cook, Danielle Endres

chapter 11|15 pages

Local Flaneury

Losing and Finding One's Place
ByJaqueline McLeod Rogers

part 4|53 pages

Places of Resistance and Acceptance

chapter 12|13 pages

From Concept to Action

Do Environmental Regulations Promote Sustainability?
ByBecca Cammack, Linn K. Bekins, Allison Krug

chapter 13|13 pages

Mapping Literacies

Land-Use Planning and the Sponsorship of Place
ByRebecca Powell

chapter 14|18 pages

Place-Identity and the Socio-Spatial Environment

ByRick Carpenter

chapter 15|7 pages


ByKim Donehower