Anthropology and Environment Society
Oral Presentation Session
Abstract: Environmental policies, climate change negotiations, conservation interventions, the marketing of ‘green’ products, and environmental justice movements pivot on discursive strategies to narrate, frame, and change the relationship between people and their ecological and physical surroundings. Indeed, whether through place-making, code-switching, hashtags, or footing, people use language to define, shape, and justify their relationship to the environment and to one another.
As environmental anthropologists have long shown through explorations of political ecology, multispecies entanglements, spirituality, and botanical knowledge, human ties to the lands and seas are grounded in social relationships. Moreover, as linguistic anthropologists continue to demonstrate, social relationships are grounded in discursive interactions.
This panel therefore aims to engage discourse and discursive interaction as a means to examine the emergence of environmental relationships and change. It will accordingly build on the small, but growing body of work in anthropology investigating the intersections of language, communication, and the environment. Each paper approaches environmental issues through the analytical lens of discourse, broadly construed, as well as the ways in which environmental changes may be shaping linguistic practice.