Week 3: Climate Change in the City. Modernism, Post-Modernism and Uncertainty

What is due: Memo 1: Propose Topic

Research challenge: What important has happened last week with regard to NYC’s response to planning for climate change?

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Yohe, Gary, and Robin Leichenko. “Adopting a risk‐based approach.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1196.1 (2010): 29-40. [Zotero]

Horton, Radley, et al. “Climate observations and projections.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1196.1 (2010): 41-62. [Zotero]

Beck, Ulrich. “Living in the world risk society.” Economy and Society 35.3 (2006): 329-345. [Zotero]

Mann, Doug “Jean Baudrillard: A Very Short Introduction” http://publish.uwo.ca/~dmann/baudrillard1.htm

Norgaard, Kari. “Climate Change and Background Noise,“ in. Living in denial: Climate change, emotions, and everyday life. Mit Press, 2011.  179-205. e-reserves

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Baudrillard, Jean. “The Precession of Simulacra” in Simulacra and Simulation. University of Michigan Press, 1995. http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/irvinem/theory/baudrillard-simulacra_and_simulation.pdf

Dietz, Thomas, Amy Dan, and Rachael Shwom. “Support for Climate Change Policy: Social Psychological and Social Structural Influences*.” Rural Sociology 72.2 (2009): 185-214. [Zotero]

Jacob, Klaus, et al. “Indicators and monitoring.” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1196.1 (2010): 127-142. [Zotero]

Reading tips:  In the Yohe and Leichenko reading, concentrate on the lessons from the article that apply to New York City per se.  The Horton reading is an overview of climate change.  Concentrate on facts and figures that you have not heard about before.  What areas do you feel you need to know more about?   The Beck reading is about how risk is changing contemporary global society.  Focus on what this means by thinking about your own life experience.  In the Mann reading, concentrate on Beaudrillard’s thought starting with Simulacra and Simulations, and at least glance at his original text linked in the optional reading.  What does “desert of the real” mean?  The Norgaard reading is about the psychological bases of climate denial among students in the U.S.  How much does it speak to your own experience?

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