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 I|13 pages


chapter |11 pages

Examining Climate Cultures in Europe and North America

ByJamie Sommer, Thorsten Heimann, Margarethe Kusenbach, Gabriela Christmann

part II|31 pages


chapter 1|8 pages

Climate Cultures 1

ByHarald Welzer, Hans-Georg Soeffner, Dana Giesecke

chapter 2|21 pages

Excavating Transatlantic Climates

An Archeology of Climate Discourse between Germany and the United States
ByLawrence Culver, Doris McGonagill

part III|79 pages


chapter 3|22 pages

Capturing Climate-Cultural Diversity

A Comparison of Climate Change Debates in Germany
BySarah Kessler, Henrike Rau

chapter 4|14 pages

Unusual Suspects

Urban Change Agents for Climate Change Mitigation in Germany 1
ByMiriam Schad, Bernd Sommer

chapter 6|23 pages

Cultural Perception and Adaptation to Climate Change among Reindeer Saami Communities in Finland

ByKlemetti Näkkäläjärvi, Suvi Juntunen, Jouni J. K. Jaakkola

part IV|53 pages

North America

chapter 7|16 pages

Contested Climate Cultures

Frame Resonance Disputes within the US Environmental Movement over Geoengineering Proposals
ByDavid Zeller

chapter 8|18 pages

The Politics of a Sustainable Coast

Competing Adaptation Cultures in Southeastern Louisiana
ByMichael A. Haedicke

chapter 9|17 pages

Playing Hide and Seek

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