Oxon: Routledge, 2013. Octavo, paperback.
Today's celebrity conservationists play a major role in drawing public attention to an increasingly threatened world. One of the first books to address this contribution, it focuses on five key figures: English naturalist David Attenborough, French marine adventurer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, American primatologist Dian Fossey, Canadian scientist-broadcaster-activist David Suzuki, and the Australian 'crocodile hunter' Steve Irwin. The book critically examines the heroic status accorded to the five figures mentioned above, taking in the various discourses - around nature, science, nation, gender - through which they and their work have been presented to us.
In doing so, it fills in the cultural, historical and ideological background behind contemporary celebrity conservationism as a popular expression of a chronically endangered world. Also available in hardcover [stock id 35722].
Price: $60.00 AU