Green Talk in the White House

Green Talk in the White House : The Rhetorical Presidency Encounters Ecology

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Issues of wilderness and wetlands preservation, clean air and clean water, and the sustainable use of natural resources have figured prominently in American political debate of the twentieth century. Presidents since Theodore Roosevelt have addressed these issues, rhetorically in their public addresses and pragmatically in their policies and appointments to pertinent positions. Green Talk in the White House gathers an array of approaches to studying environmental rhetoric and the presidency, covering a range of administrations and a diversity of viewpoints on how the concept of the "rhetorical presidency" may be modified in this policy area. Tarla Rai Peterson's introduction to the book discusses both methodological and substantive issues in studying presidential rhetoric on the environment. In subsequent chapters, noted scholars examine various aspects of half a dozen modern presidencies to shed light not only on those administrations but also on the study of environmental rhetoric itself. The final section of the book then directs attention to the future of presidential rhetoric and environmental governance, with looks "in" at state-level environmental issues and looks "out" at the international context of environmentalism.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 354 pages
  • 149.9 x 233.7 x 22.9mm | 453.6g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 6 cartoons
  • 1585444154
  • 9781585444151

About Tarla Rai Peterson

TARLA RAI PETERSON is currently a professor at the University of Utah. She served as principle organizer of the Presidential Rhetoric Conference that focused on environmental rhetoric while an associate professor of communication at Texas A&M.show more

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"This volume is an important contribution to environmental communication and presidential rhetoric scholarship. Editor Peterson offers an excellent introduction that both justifies the volume and productively frames the subsequent essays. She successfully places the work in the field as well as highlights the unique contribution this volume makes in joining presidential rhetoric and environmental communication (and to a lesser extent media studies). In this volume it is a fruitful meeting. . . I profited from reading the essays and look forward to using this book in classes."--Kevin DeLuca, Associate Professor, Department of Speech Communication, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia This volume is an important contribution to environmental communication and presidential rhetoric scholarship. Editor Peterson offers an excellent introduction that both justifies the volume and productively frames the subsequent essays. She successfully places the work in the field as well as highlights the unique contribution this volume makes in joining presidential rhetoric and environmental communication (and to a lesser extent media studies). In this volume it is a fruitful meeting. . . I profited from reading the essays and look forward to using this book in classes. --Kevin DeLuca, Associate Professor, Department of Speech Communication, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia"show more