Environmental Movements

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20
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20
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Prerequisiti

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Political Science and Sociology"

Optional for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students of the PhD Programme in "Transnational Governance"

Optional for the 4th and 5th year students of the MA Programme in "Political and Social Sciences"

Programma

Overview

This course will explore activism and social movements concerned with changing the relationship between humans and nature in a wide variety of ways. The course will include an exploration of the repertoire of contention of various environmental actors, their divergent aims and objectives, and the outcomes they have on society. In addition, the course will explore how these movements consider and respond to the relationship between environmental problems and gender, class, race, colonialism, capitalism, and community.

Format

Every session will be primarily organized as a collective discussion. For each of the session, students are expected to have read all the assigned required readings and be ready to contribute. During each session, starting from week 2, a student will prepare a presentation of roughly 15 minutes, with questions, comments, and critiques that can stimulate further discussion. Throughout the course you will be asked to reflect on your own research experience. Active participation in the seminar is compulsory.

Evaluation

PhD students will be evaluated based on their active participation in class, and the instructor will determine whether they have passed or failed the course. PhD students who opt to write a term paper for this course should consult the instructor in advance and agree on a topic.

Master students will be evaluated based on their active participation in class (50%) and on a final paper of 2000-3000 words on one of the topics covered during the course (50%). The instructor is available for consultation on the topic of the paper and for advice on its structure and content. The final grade will be expressed on a 30-point scale. The paper can be written in English or Italian and must be delivered by June 30th, 2024.

Schedule

An Introduction to Environmental Movements

Wednesday, 3 April, 14:00-16:00

Required Readings:

Rootes, C. (2004) ‘Environmental movements’ in David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi, eds, The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements.

Optional Readings:

Carter, N. (2001) The Politics of the Environment: Ideas, Activism, Policy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. Ch. 2-3

Pepper, D (1996) Modern Environmentalism: An Introduction, London: Routledge. Ch 1.

Nulman, E. 2022.  ‘Climate Change Movements in the Global North’, Giugni, M and Grasso, M. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Environmental Movements, London: Routledge. 185–198.

Nulman, E. 2022.  ‘Climate Change Movements in the Global North’, Giugni, M and Grasso, M. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Environmental Movements, London: Routledge. 185–198

Environmental Movement Strategies & Tactics

Wednesday, 10 April, 14:00-17:00

Required Readings:

Laura K. Nelson, Brayden G King (2020) The Meaning of Action: Linking Goal Orientations, Tactics, and Strategies in the Environmental Movement. Mobilization: An International Quarterly; 25 (3): 315–338.

Ryan Gunderson & William Charles (2023) A sociology of “climatage”: the appeal and counterproductivity of property destruction as a climate change strategy, Environmental Sociology, 9:4, 398-408.

Optional Readings:

Jaime McCauley (2019) Light Environmentalists and Quiet Activism: Identity Alignment among Participants in Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs, Sociological Spectrum, 39:6, 375-391.

Sovacool, Benjamin K. and Dunlap, Alexander (2022) 'Anarchy, war, or revolt? Radical perspectives for climate protection, insurgency and civil disobedience in a low-carbon era', Energy Research & Social Science, 86: 102416.

Who are the Environmental Activists?

Monday,22 April, 11:00-14:00

Required Readings:

Staggenborg, S. and Togami, Chie (2022) 'Gender and environmental movements', The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Movements, Abingdon: Routledge.

Strandbu, Å. and Krange, O., 2003. Youth and the environmental movement‐symbolic inclusions and exclusions. The Dociological Review, 51(2), pp. 177-198.

Optional Readings:    

D. B. Tindall, Scott Davies & Céline Mauboulès (2003) Activism and Conservation Behavior in an Environmental Movement: The Contradictory Effects of Gender, Society & Natural Resources, 16:10, 909-932.

Horton, D., 2003. Green distinctions: the performance of identity among environmental activists. The Sociological Review, 51(2), pp.63-77.

Chan, J., & Curnow, J. (2017). Taking Up Space: Men, Masculinity, and the Student Climate Movement. RCC Perspectives, 4, 77–86.

Workers and Environmentalism

Tuesday, 23 April, 14:00-17:00

Required Readings:

Shantz, J. A., & Adam, B. D. (1999) Ecology and class: The green syndicalism of IWW/Earth First Local 1. International journal of sociology and social policy, 19(7/8), 43-72.

Dimitris Stevis, David Uzzell & Nora Räthzel (2018) The labour–nature relationship: varieties of labour environmentalism, Globalizations, 15:4, 439-453.

Optional Readings:

Stevis, D., Felli, R. (2015) Global labour unions and just transition to a green economy. Int Environ Agreements 15, 29–43.  

Andersen, J.G., 1990. Denmark: Environmental Conflict and the ‘Greening’ of the Labour Movement. Scandinavian Political Studies, 13(2), pp.185-210.

Environmental and Climate Justice

Thursday, 9 May, 14:00-17:00

Required Readings:

McGurty, E.M. (1997) 'From NIMBY to Civil Rights: The Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement', Environmental History, 2(3): 301-323.

Schlosberg, D. and Collins, L.B. (2014), From environmental to climate justice: climate change and the discourse of environmental justice. WIREs Clim Change, 5: 359-374.

Optional Readings:

Holifield, Ryan (2001) 'Defining Environmental Justice and Environmental Racism', Urban Geography, 1: 78-90.

Seamster, Louise & Purifoy, Danielle (2021) What is environmental racism for? Place-based harm and relational development, Environmental Sociology, 7:2, 110-12.

Perkins, Tracy (2021) The multiple people of color origins of the US environmental justice movement: social movement spillover and regional racial projects in California, Environmental Sociology, 7:2, 147-159.

Van Sant, L., Milligan, R. and Mollett, S. (2021), Political Ecologies of Race: Settler Colonialism and Environmental Racism in the United States and Canada. Antipode, 53: 629-642.

Mitchell, Bruce (2011) 'LULUs, NIMBYs, and Environmental Justice', in Fung Tung, S et a. (eds) Facility Siting in the Asia-Pacific: Perspectives on Knowledge Production and Application, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press. Pp. 57-83.

 

Environmental Movements and the Global South

Tuesday, 14 May, 14:00-17:00

Required Readings:

Rodríguez-Labajos, Beatriz et al. (2019) 'Not So Natural an Alliance? Degrowth and Environmental Justice Movements in the Global South', Ecological Economics, 157: 175-184.

Liboiron, Max (2021) Pollution is Colonialism, Durham: Duke University Press. Introduction.

Optional Readings:

Terblanché-Greeff, A.C. (2019). Ubuntu and Environmental Ethics: The West Can Learn from Africa When Faced with Climate Change. In: Chemhuru, M. (eds) African Environmental Ethics. The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics, vol 29. Springer, Cham.

Zhanda, K., Dzvimbo, M. A., & Chitongo, L. (2021). Children Climate Change Activism and Protests in Africa: Reflections and Lessons From Greta Thunberg. Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 41(4), 87-98.

Brion, Denis J. (1988) 'An Essay on LULU, NIMBY, and the Problem of Distributive Justice', 15 B.C. Envtl. Aff. L. Rev. 437.

Waldron, Ingrid R. (2018) There's Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, Black Point, Nova Scotia: Fernwood Publishing. Ch 2

 

Movement Outcomes

Wednesday, 22 May, 14:00-17:00

Required Readings:

Gulliver, Robyn E., Star, Cassandra, Fielding, Kelly S., and Louis, Winnifred R. (2022) 'A systemic review of the outcomes of sustained environmental collective action', Environmental Science & Policy, 133: 180-192.

Rootes, Christopher, and Eugene Nulman (2015) 'The Impacts of Environmental Movements', in
Donatella della Porta, and Mario Diani (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements.

Optional Readings:

Fisher, DR, Nasrin, S. Climate activism and its effects. WIREs Clim Change. 2021; 12:e683.

Alessandro Piazza, Dan J. Wang (2020) Claim Specialization, Tactical Diversity and the Protest Environment in the Success of U.S. Antinuclear Activism. Mobilization: An International Quarterly; 25 (1): 93–114.

Nulman, E. 2015. Climate Change and Social Movements: Civil Society and the Development of National Climate Change Policy. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Ch 4, 7.

Obiettivi formativi

By the end of the seminar, students will have developed an introductory but comprehensive critical understanding of the environmental movements.

Riferimenti bibliografici

Rootes, C. (2004) ‘Environmental movements’ in David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi, eds, The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements.

Laura K. Nelson, Brayden G King (2020) The Meaning of Action: Linking Goal Orientations, Tactics, and Strategies in the Environmental Movement. Mobilization: An International Quarterly; 25 (3): 315–338.

Ryan Gunderson & William Charles (2023) A sociology of “climatage”: the appeal and counterproductivity of property destruction as a climate change strategy, Environmental Sociology, 9:4, 398-408.

Staggenborg, S. and Togami, Chie (2022) 'Gender and environmental movements', The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Movements, Abingdon: Routledge.

Strandbu, Å. and Krange, O., 2003. Youth and the environmental movement‐symbolic inclusions and exclusions. The Dociological Review, 51(2), pp. 177-198.

Shantz, J. A., & Adam, B. D. (1999) Ecology and class: The green syndicalism of IWW/Earth First Local 1. International journal of sociology and social policy, 19(7/8), 43-72.

Dimitris Stevis, David Uzzell & Nora Räthzel (2018) The labour–nature relationship: varieties of labour environmentalism, Globalizations, 15:4, 439-453.

McGurty, E.M. (1997) 'From NIMBY to Civil Rights: The Origins of the Environmental Justice Movement', Environmental History, 2(3): 301-323.

Schlosberg, D. and Collins, L.B. (2014), From environmental to climate justice: climate change and the discourse of environmental justice. WIREs Clim Change, 5: 359-374.

Rodríguez-Labajos, Beatriz et al. (2019) 'Not So Natural an Alliance? Degrowth and Environmental Justice Movements in the Global South', Ecological Economics, 157: 175-184.

Liboiron, Max (2021) Pollution is Colonialism, Durham: Duke University Press. Introduction.

Gulliver, Robyn E., Star, Cassandra, Fielding, Kelly S., and Louis, Winnifred R. (2022) 'A systemic review of the outcomes of sustained environmental collective action', Environmental Science & Policy, 133: 180-192.

Rootes, Christopher, and Eugene Nulman (2015) 'The Impacts of Environmental Movements', in Donatella della Porta, and Mario Diani (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Social Movements.