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by Finis Dunaway

Author: Finis Dunaway
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (March 1, 2015)
Pages: 344 pages
Category: Other
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Dunaway's Seeing Green is a path-breaking cultural history of environmental policy debate

Dunaway's Seeing Green is a path-breaking cultural history of environmental policy debate. With careful argument and crystalline prose, Dunaway brilliantly shows how the iconic imagery of the environmental movement has shifted the public focus from structural to individual solutions, shielding corporate polluters from the critical scrutiny they deserve. Few historians have connected photography to politics more imaginatively, or with more illuminating results. Jackson Lears, author of Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877-1920.

Finis Dunaway’s Seeing Green is not just a brilliant study of the ways images have shaped environmental debate. It’s also a provocative analysis of the reasons why the environmental movement hasn’t made more headway since the first Earth Day in 1970. Everyone working to address the challenge of climate change should read this book!" (Adam Rome, author of The Genius of Earth Day). Dunaway clearly agrees with contemporary arguments that environmentalism has been defined narrowly and wrongly as only a white middle-class, post-war, suburban-based elite movement.

Finis Dunaway closes that gap with Seeing Green. Considering a wide array of images-including pictures in popular magazines, television news, advertisements, cartoons, films, and political posters-he shows how popular environmentalism has been entwined with mass media spectacles of crisis. Beginning with radioactive fallout and pesticides during the 1960s and ending with global warming today, he focuses on key moments in which media images provoked environmental anxiety but also prescribed limited forms of action.

Finis Dunaway's most recent book, Seeing Green, responds to such an invita- tion by describing the changing .

Finis Dunaway's most recent book, Seeing Green, responds to such an invita- tion by describing the changing ways that key visual icons have shaped postwar environmental discourse in America. In making the case for an ex- panded canon of significant environmental images, Seeing Green reso- nates with contemporary concerns in the environmental humanities about nature and affect, the ever-changing rhetorical relationship between environmental concern and consumerism, and the challenges to mainstream images in representing the disproportionate environ- mental burdens felt by minority groups.

Throughout Seeing Green, Dunaway pays attention to the various ways these environmental images intersect with social justice issues like race and class. In doing so, they disregard the disproportionate effect environmental problems have on poor communities, minority groups, and specific laborers. Everyone working to address the challenge of climate change should read this book!" Kathryn T. Morse, Middlebury College.

Robert K. Martin Book Prize, Canadian Association for American Studies. Natural Visions: The Power of Images in American Environmental Reform (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005; paperback, 2008).

Rutgers) Office: Traill College, Wallis Hall 118 Telephone: 705 748 1011 x 7026 E-mail: finisdunawaytu. Robert K. Selected Articles: Dr. Spock Is Worried: Visual Media and the Emotional History of American Environmentalism, in Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics, ed.

Finis Dunaway‘s new book, Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of. .Dunaway, associate professor of history at Trent University, shows how such images were produced and traces the effect they had on American culture.

Finis Dunaway‘s new book, Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images (University of Chicago, 2015) takes such images seriously. He examines these iconic photos and films, as well as many others, and he argues that they were crucial in developing popular environmentalism.

American environmentalism is defined by its icons: the “Crying Indian,” who shed a tear in response to litter and pollution; the cooling towers of Three Mile Island, site of a notorious nuclear accident; the sorrowful spectacle of oil-soaked wildlife following the ExxonValdez spill; and, more recently, Al Gore delivering his global warming slide show in An Inconvenient Truth. These images, and others like them, have helped make environmental consciousness central to American public culture. Yet most historical accounts ignore the crucial role images have played in the making of popular environmentalism, let alone the ways that they have obscured other environmental truths.   Finis Dunaway closes that gap with Seeing Green. Considering a wide array of images―including pictures in popular magazines, television news, advertisements, cartoons, films, and political posters―he shows how popular environmentalism has been entwined with mass media spectacles of crisis. Beginning with radioactive fallout and pesticides during the 1960s and ending with global warming today, he focuses on key moments in which media images provoked environmental anxiety but also prescribed limited forms of action. Moreover, he shows how the media have blamed individual consumers for environmental degradation and thus deflected attention from corporate and government responsibility. Ultimately, Dunaway argues, iconic images have impeded efforts to realize―or even imagine―sustainable visions of the future.   Generously illustrated, this innovative book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of environmentalism or in the power of the media to shape our politics and public life.