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Type: Journal article
Title: Speaking of climate change: a discursive analysis of lay understandings
Author: Hanson-Easey, S.
Williams, S.
Hansen, A.
Fogarty, K.
Bi, P.
Citation: Science Communication, 2015; 37(2):217-239
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1075-5470
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S. Hanson-Easey, S. Williams, A. Hansen, K. Fogarty and P. Bi
Abstract: Representations of climate change have been a recurrent motif in media and political domains spanning over 20 years. However, relatively scant scholarly work has addressed how laypeople make sense of this phenomenon in talk. The current study, employing a discursive approach, demonstrates how the salience of climate change, as a social issue, is accounted for and made contingent on social, financial, and political factors. Moreover, the issue of climate change was accounted for as an intergenerational issue, and moral considerations were mobilized in arguing for why the issue should be provided increased attention. We argue that science communication research could fruitfully examine the discursive building blocks underpinning taken-for-granted ways of talking about climate change, informing the design of alternative discourses.
Keywords: climate change; public understanding of science; rhetoric; perception; risk communication
Description: © 2015 SAGE Publications
RMID: 0030022624
DOI: 10.1177/1075547014568418
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