Sociedade & Natureza
On-line version ISSN 1982-4513
HOLLMAN, Veronica Carolina. Comics and the education of an environmental gaze. Soc. nat. [online]. 2012, vol.24, n.2, pp. 227-242. ISSN 1982-4513. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1982-45132012000200005.
Images have played a key role in the communication of environmental ideas since the origins of environmental movements whether to prove environmental problems or to provoke personal and collective commitment. Researchers have mainly analyzed the visual representations of nature through pictures, photographs and films. Environmental issues that comics arise as well as their power to educate an environmental gaze have been hardly studied. We propose to analyze comics that put forward environmental issues in an Argentinean magazine (1996-2010) with the assumption that they can offer interesting elements to understand the relationship between visual culture and the social construction of nature. We ask which are the environmental topics introduced by comics and what sort of relations can be identified between the environmental agenda of the magazine and the environmental issues raised by the comics. Finally, we discuss what kind of power comics have to construct environmental education.
Keywords : visual culture; nature; comics; environmental gaze.