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Batabyal, Somnath (2014) 'New Politics, Old Paradigms: Urban Environmentalism and the Reshaping of New Delhi.' In: Schuler, Barbara, (ed.), Environment and Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia. Leiden; Boston, MA: Brill, pp. 185-209. (Climate and Culture, Volume: 2)

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Taking two media-led environmental campaigns in India’s capital, New Delhi, as case studies, this paper argues that Climate Change discourse has followed the patterns of development politics. While globalisation and economic shifts have altered the North/ South power dynamics since the twentieth century, the post development age has given rise to a transnational middle class that seeks to reemploy similar hegemonic paradigms and shape the world in its terms. This class has replaced the notional North; the world’s poor replaces the notional South. This transnational middle class, the case studies highlights, moulds the environmental discourse in the public sphere to suit their own imaginations of urban space and the mainstream media is an active partner in this articulation.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: climate change, environmentalism, New Delhi, media
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Interdisciplinary Studies > Centre for Global Media and Communications
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Media Studies
ISBN: 9789004245884
Copyright Statement: © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2014. This is the accepted manuscript of a chapter published by Brill in Environment and Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia, available online:
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Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 08:22

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