Bringing together scholarly research by climate experts working in different locations and social science disciplines, this book offers insights into how climate change is socially and culturally constructed.

Whereas existing studies of climate cultural differences are predominantly rooted in a static understanding of culture, cultural globalization theory suggests that new formations emerge dynamically at different social and spatial scales. This volume gathers analyses of climate cultural formations within various spaces and regions in the United States and the European Union. It focuses particularly on the emergence of new social movements and coalitions devoted to fighting climate change on both sides of the Atlantic. Overall, Climate Cultures in Europe and North America provides empirical and theoretical findings that contribute to current debates on globalization, conflict and governance, as well as cultural and social change.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of climate change, environmental policy and politics, environmental sociology, and cultural studies.

part II|31 pages


chapter 2|21 pages

Excavating Transatlantic Climates

An Archeology of Climate Discourse between Germany and the United States

part III|79 pages


part IV|53 pages

North America

chapter 7|16 pages

Contested Climate Cultures

Frame Resonance Disputes within the US Environmental Movement over Geoengineering Proposals

chapter 8|18 pages

The Politics of a Sustainable Coast

Competing Adaptation Cultures in Southeastern Louisiana

chapter 9|17 pages

Playing Hide and Seek

Adapting Climate Cultures in Troubled Political Waters in Georgia, United States