Global Warming in Local Discourses: How Communities around the World Make Sense of Climate Change - cover image

Book Series


Michael Brüggemann; Simone Rödder

Published On





  • English

Print Length

286 pages (xii+274)


Paperback156 x 20 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.78" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 24 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.94" x 9.21")


Paperback1207g (42.58oz)
Hardback1597g (56.33oz)



OCLC Number





  • RN
  • RNT
  • RNA
  • JFD
  • J


  • SCI019000
  • SCI026000
  • SCI042000
  • SOC026040


  • QC981.8.G56


  • climate change
  • international politics
  • local communities
  • transnational discourses
  • Greenland
  • Tanzania
  • culture
  • geography
  • sense-making
  • sustainability
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Global Warming in Local Discourses

How Communities around the World Make Sense of Climate Change

Global news on anthropogenic climate change is shaped by international politics, scientific reports and voices from transnational protest movements. This timely volume asks how local communities engage with these transnational discourses.

The chapters in this volume present a range of compelling case studies drawn from a broad cross-section of local communities around the world, reflecting diverse cultural and geographical contexts. From Greenland to northern Tanzania, it illuminates how different understandings evolve in diverse cultural and geographical contexts while also revealing some common patterns of how people make sense of climate change. Global Warming in Local Discourses constitutes a significant, new contribution to understanding the multi-perspectivity of our debates on climate change, further highlighting the need for interdisciplinary study within this area.

It will be a valuable resource to those studying climate and science communication; those interested in understanding the various roles played by journalism, NGOs, politics and science in shaping public understandings of climate change, as well as those exploring the intersections of the global and the local in debates on the sustainable transformation of societies.


With an interdisciplinary scope and a weaving together of global and local climate change concerns, 'Global Warming in Local Discourses' provides an excellent example for the type of collection urgently needed right now. Merging communication studies methods with social histories and cultural studies, this collection offers a range of perspectives on how global warming is perceived, experienced, communicated, and acted upon differently across the world. Quite crucially, it reminds us of the importance of understanding the local challenges, suffering, and response so often overlooked when addressing this global problem, and offers dynamic ways for assessing them.

Hunter Vaughan

Editor of Journal of Environmental Media, University of Colorado Boulder


Across the case studies, essays show that local media and leaders have a vital role to play in effectively communicating climate change. […] The volume will be of interest to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in anthropology, sociology, and communication studies.

H. D. Wong, SUNY Cortland

CHOICE Connect (0009-4978), vol. 59, no. 1, 2021.


We are Climate Change: Climate Debates Between Transnational and Local Discourses

(pp. 1–30)
  • Michael Brüggemann
  • Simone Rödder

The Case of “Costa del Nuuk”: Greenlanders Make Sense of Global Climate Change

(pp. 31–76)
  • Freja C. Eriksen

Communication and Knowledge Transfer on Climate Change in the Philippines

(pp. 77–120)
  • Thomas Friedrich

Sense-Making of COP 21 among Rural and City Residents: The Role of Space in Media Reception

(pp. 121–160)
  • Imke Hoppe
  • Fenja De Silva-Schmidt
  • Michael Brüggemann
  • Dorothee Arlt

What Does Climate Change Mean to Us, the Maasai? How Climate-Change Discourse is Translated in Maasailand, Northern Tanzania

(pp. 161–208)
  • Sara de Wit

Living on the Frontier: Laypeople’s Perceptions and Communication of Climate Change in the Coastal Region of Bangladesh

(pp. 209–244)
  • Shameem Mahmud

Extreme Weather Events and Local Impacts of Climate Change: The Scientific Perspective

(pp. 245–262)
  • Friederike E. L. Otto


Michael Brüggemann

Professor of Communication Research, Climate and Science Communication at Universität Hamburg

Simone Rödder

Assistant Professor of Sociology of Science and Principal Investigator in the Cluster of Excellence CLICCS at Universität Hamburg