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Climate Change and Storytelling

Narratives and Cultural Meaning in Environmental Communication


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Environmental Sociology and Policy book series (PASTESP)

About this book


Climate change is as much a cultural phenomenon as it is a natural one. This book is about those cultural patterns that surround our perception of the environmental crisis and which are embodied in the narratives told by climate change advocates. It investigates the themes and motifs in those narratives through the use of narrative theory and provides a framework for narrative analysis from a cultural perspective.

Developing a framework for cultural narrative analysis, Climate Change and Storytelling draws on qualitative interviews with stakeholders, activists and politicians in the USA and Germany to identify motifs and the relationships between heroes, villains and victims, as told by the messengers of the narrative.

This book will provide academics and practitioners with insights into the structure of climate change communication among climate advocates and the cultural fabric that informs it. 


climate change climate communication environmental sociology environmental communication cultural narrative analysis climate politics climate policy Narratives in Climate Change Communication Risk perception in Climate Change Communcation Risk Communication and Climate Change

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Universität StuttgartStuttgartGermany

About the authors

Annika Arnold is Senior Researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS), Stuttgart University, Germany. She is an environmental and cultural sociologist whose research focuses on topics of sustainable development and environmental communication, largely from a cultural perspective.

Bibliographic information


“This book provides with a clear conceptual diagnosis that helps understanding how the different narratives operate further positive changes in the communicative process. To my end, this represents a valuable endeavor that allows the formulations of concrete policies to avoid panic, indifference or anxiety.” (Maximiliano E. Korstanje, Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 27 (03), 2018)