Employing an interpretive content analysis of online forums, the author examines use of environmental themes by the United States white separatist movement in its efforts to seek legitimacy and garner a broad base of support. The contemporary white separatist movement draws upon latent National Socialist environmental discursive frames linked to history, spirituality, and stewardship. The lack of a specific position on the environment in the movement permits the manipulation of environmental themes to appeal to a wide range of audiences. Appeals to right wing environmental, population, and anti-environmental audiences include a discourse of environmental skepticism, concerns about immigration and overpopulation and discussion of rights to nature and land. Appeals to left wing and mainstream audiences involve expressions of environmental concern, preservation, stewardship, and rights of nature. A narrative of networking using environmentalism's broad appeal, perceived concerns regarding immigration and population growth, and similarities in racial characteristics was also evident.
The Greening of White Separatism: Use of Environmental Themes to Elaborate and Legitimize Extremist Discourse
Tamara L. Mix
The Shifting Topology of Environmentalism: Human-Environment Relationships and Conceptual Trends in Two North American Organizational Histories
Anna J. Willow
This article approaches environmentalism as a way of positioning ourselves in relation to the world around us. It traces transformations in how two prominent North American environmental groups—the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club—conceptualize environmentalism's objects, objectives, and ideal human-environment relationship. Historical narratives highlighting how and why these organizations have redrawn their conceptual maps demonstrate that while mainstream environmentalism's prevailing topology once placed humans apart from and above the environment, the contemporary movement appears to be approaching a more inclusive vision that admits humans as an integral part of the environment. Yet because including human activities and concerns within environmental agendas is neither free from pragmatic problems nor invulnerable to ideological challenges, the article also considers how the same broad conceptual trends that have facilitated the reconceptualization of human-environment relationships may also concurrently complicate it.
Old Philosophy, New Movement: The Rise of the Islamic Ecological Paradigm in the Discourse of Environmentalism
Md Saidul Islam
Contesting the U.S.-centric bias of modern environmentalism, this essay uncovers an “old“ paradigm of environmentalism found in the medieval Islamic tradition, the Islamic Ecological Paradigm (IEP)—which, in many respects, is tantamount to many ideologies of modern environmentalism. According to IEP, human beings are a part of, and not above, nature, and have the responsibility to preserve nature. Many paradigms of modern environmentalism have largely embraced this ideology, though they do not necessarily trace their origin to IEP. This essay also analyzes Muslim environmental activism today by focusing on how its proponents are inspired by modern environmentalism while grounding their activism in IEP. Despite substantial variance and occasional tension, the author argues that both modern environmentalism and IEP can form an ontological alliance, an alliance that is of paramount importance to addressing environmental problems that transcend physical and cultural borders.
Iranian Environmentalism: Nationhood, Alternative Natures, and the Materiality of Objects
In addressing mounting environmental problems in recent years, many Iranian environmentalists have increasingly adapted discourses and implemented programs that are modeled on scientific ecology. Does this mean the verbatim transfer of Western scientific modernity in Iran? My analyses suggest otherwise. This article explores the unique ways in which a burgeoning environmental awareness unfolds in Iranian contexts by investigating how conceptions of "nature" shape the environmentalists' discourses and practices. It appears that an ecological scientific conception of nature is becoming an important frame of reference among such environmentalists. However, another conception of nature-one framed in relation to Iranian nationhood-makes a key contribution to environmentalism in Iran. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in 2009-2011 in Tehran, this study demonstrates how "Iranian nature" is delineated and practiced through the environmentalists' (re)engagements with certain objects-maps, posters, and photographs-in relation to which local ways of conceptualizing nature are elaborated.
When the River Zayandeh Rud Stopped Crossing Isfahan
Sahar Faeghi and Sophie Roche
make it. Through humans’ engagement with the natural environment, value emerges through action. A river and the sun do not produce happiness: they are material items within an environmental configuration in which the sun and the river produce life. It
Two Worlds of Environmentalism?
Empirical Analyses on the Complex Relationship between Postmaterialism, National Wealth, and Environmental Concern
Jochen Mayerl and Henning Best
, attaining this goal will crucially depend on public support for costly national contributions. However, the global spread of environmental concern and the reasons for differing levels of concern among countries are not yet fully understood. In this article
Environmental Expertise as Group Belonging
Environmental Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies
Rolf Lidskog and Göran Sundqvist
Most people would agree that environmental expertise is important in defining and handling environmental problems. Environmental policy is densely populated by scientific experts; national governments as well as international political organizations
An Environmentally Literate Explorer
A. E. Nordenskiöld’s Three Expeditions to the North Asian Coast, 1875–1879
Seija A. Niemi
to the North Asian coast between 1875 and 1879, put into practice his above-expressed ideas. I argue that Nordenskiöld was environmentally literate and could therefore solve maritime problems, such as sailing through the Kara Sea—the “Ice House” of
When Environmental History Goes Public in China
Introduction Environmental history in China originates from its older sibling disciplines, such as historical geography, archeology, agroecology, agroforestry, and history. The field has gradually gathered a small community of scholars since
Settler Colonialism, Ecology, and Environmental Injustice
, Violence on Our Bodies: Building an Indigenous Response to Environmental Violence . The report states that colonially supported extractive industries create “devastating impacts of environmental violence” ( WEA and NYSHN 2016 ). J.M. Bacon refers to