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Second major: Sociology/Anthropology (SOAN)
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
The challenge that a fragmented, divisive, and polarized public sphere seems to pose against achieving environmental action can be reinterpreted as a welcome opening to advance new environmental politics and environmental theory in the environmental studies and sciences (ESS). Situated by anecdotes of the author bearing witness to irreconcilable differences in environmental realities and ideas, this essay uses an interdisciplinary selection of theories as tools for understanding how to make a plural public sphere work better. I come to suggest that deliberation in the environmental public sphere involves more than issues; politics constitutes reality itself; thus, in a divided public, any issues of concern must first be addressed by caring for relationships that simultaneously maintain and dissolve incommensurate differences. In ESS and the active environmental public sphere, we must get more comfortable loosening our claims, attending to our bodies, and opening our ears.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: How might we support less divisive politics in the environmental public sphere?
Focus question: How can a divisive environmental public sphere be re-conceptualized to better understand what underlies disagreement?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Thesis (regular)
Capstone outcomes (PDF): File