When Climate Science Became Climate Politics: British Media Representations of Climate Change in 1988.

Date

2012-05-11

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ISSN

0963-6625

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Publisher

SAGE

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

Climate change has become a pressing environmental concern for scientists, social commentators and politicians. Previous social science research has explored media representations of climate change in various temporal and geographical contexts. Through the lens of Social Representations Theory, this article provides a detailed qualitative thematic analysis of media representations of climate change in the 1988 British broadsheet press, given that this year constitutes an important juncture in this transition of climate change from the domain of science to that of the socio-political sphere. The following themes are outlined: (i) “Climate change: a multi-faceted threat”; (ii) “Collectivisation of threat”; (iii) “Climate change and the attribution of blame”; and (iv) “Speculative solutions to a complex socio-environmental problem.” The article provides detailed empirical insights into the “starting-point” for present-day disputes concerning climate change and lays the theoretical foundations for tracking the continuities and discontinuities characterising social representations of climate change in the future.

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Keywords

climate change, communication, media, qualitative, social psychology, social representations

Citation

Jaspal, R. and Nerlich, B. (2014). When Climate Science Became Climate Politics: British Media Representations of Climate Change in 1988. Public Understanding of Science. 23 (2), pp. 122-141

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Research Institute

Media Discourse Centre (MDC)
Mary Seacole Research Centre