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Johannes Stripple

Johannes Stripple

Associate Professor | Senior Lecturer | Principal Investigator BECC

Johannes Stripple



  • Harriet Bulkeley
  • Matthew Paterson
  • Johannes Stripple


  • Harriet Bulkeley
  • Matthew Paterson
  • Johannes Stripple

Summary, in English

The footprint of climate change is now clearly visible within the culture industries. Museum exhibitions are held, newspaper headlines constructed, novels are written, films are screened and various art forms are provoked by and around the themes of the changing climate and its societal implications. This explicit cultural dimension, alongside the complex scientific, economic, social and political facets of climate change, is attracting increasing academic attention (Hulme 2009; Crow and Boykoff 2014). Yet despite the growing interest in climate change across the social sciences, the cultural domain is often reified, limiting its scope to these cultural industries and thus treating it as a separate sphere of social life analyzed in isolation from other dimensions of the climate problematic. Equally problematic are analyses that tend to relegate the cultural dimensions of climate change to a relatively simple set of factors that can be used to explain the more important questions of, for example, how and why individual behavior will or will not shift in relation to energy consumption, or why actors take certain positions within the international negotiations. In this book, we seek to take a different approach, one in which the cultural responses to climate change are considered as also economic, social and political. In short, we seek to explore the cultural politics of climate change. In this book, we want to build on initial attempts to think about climate politics as cultural politics. Adopting this perspective requires that we think of the nature and workings of power as always and already cultural, and of culture - the meanings, artifacts and practices that animate society - as intimately political. Previous such attempts include works on social practices surrounding energy use (Shove and Walker 2010; Shove and Spurling 2013), some of the literature on carbon market politics (Descheneau and Paterson 2011; various contributions to Newell and Boykoff 2012; and contributions to Stephan and Lane 2014), some of the work on media and communications (Crow and Boykoff 2014) and cultural representation more broadly (Boykoff et al. 2010). Nevertheless, we aim to go beyond the important and useful contribution of these works in a number of ways.


  • Department of Political Science
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

Publishing year







Towards a Cultural Politics of Climate Change : Devices, Desires and Dissent

Document type

Book chapter


Cambridge University Press


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary




  • ISBN: 9781316694473
  • ISBN: 9781107166271