A critical, comparative exploration of the framing of environmental problems in Northern and Southern Europe. The book addresses theoretical and empirical questions about environmental attitudes and behaviours, politics and protest, cultures and contexts. The collected essays unpack approaches rooted in risk society, ecological modernization, participatory nature management and socio-environmental discourse but always in the framework of key empirical situations - including GM foods, the Bergama protest movement, household consumption patterns, and cultural pressures on environmental practices. In so doing, the essays reflect a range of issues that are central both to the practice of social science research and to the social and political issues contours of environmental change in Europe. By mapping some of the important ways that environmental problems appear as social, cultural, economic and political issues the authors lay out how, in institutional and everyday life, environmental problems come to the fore discursively, politically and socially. Within its comparative remit, the book makes special reference to the situation in Turkey in order to foster an exchange of ideas and outlooks between Turkish and other European researchers. Written to appeal to a wide range of scholars across Europe, the book opens up a North-South dialogue that is crucial for any effective intervention into environmental change.
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