Climate Change Counter Movement Neutralization Techniques, A Typology to Examine the Climate Change Counter Movement

Date

2018-07-13

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ISSN

1475-682X

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Publisher

Wiley

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

The Climate Change Counter Movement has been a topic of interest for social scientists and environmentalists for the past 25 years (Dunlap and McCright, 2015). This research uses the sociology of crime and deviance to analyze the numerous arguments used by climate change counter movement organizations. Content analysis of 805 statements made by climate change counter movement organizations reveals that the theory Techniques of Neutralization (Sykes and Matza, American Sociological Review 22 (6):664, 1957) can help us better understand the arguments adopted by these organizations. Taking two observations from two time points, the author examine not only the composition of the messaging adopted by Climate Change Counter Movement (CCCM) organization, but how these messages have changed over time. In all, there were 1,435 examples of CCCM neutralization techniques adopted by CCCM organizations across these two points in time. This examination of the movement provides valuable insight into the CCCM and the subsequent environmental harm that is partly facilitated by their actions.

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Keywords

Climate Change, Criminological Theory, Green Criminology, Climate Change Denial, Neutralization Techniques

Citation

McKie, R.E. (2018) Climate Change Counter Movement Neutralization Techniques, A Typology to Examine the Climate Change Counter Movement, Sociological Inquiry, 89 (2), pp. 288-316

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Research Institute

Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice