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Environmental Groups Treading the Discursive Tightrope of Social License: Australian and Canadian Cases Compared

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McGaurr, LC and Lester, EA, Environmental Groups Treading the Discursive Tightrope of Social License: Australian and Canadian Cases Compared, International Journal of Communication, 11 pp. 3476-3496. ISSN 1932-8036 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

Environmental nongovernmental organizations are often challenged to engage in economic debates. One response is to frame contested or protected areas and species as tourism assets. In this exploratory comparative study, we examine the discourse of environmentalists and members of the tourism sector in Australia and Canada for evidence they frame tourism as a social license to protect. We find environmentalists and sympathetic ecotourism operators frame successful activism in scenic places with a history of intense environmental conflict as an investment in tourism and the local economy. This makes a case for protection from extractive industries, but falters when the adversary is tourism itself.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:social licence, tourism, media, Australia, Canada, environmental movement
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Communication and Media Studies
Research Field:Media Studies
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:The Media
Author:McGaurr, LC (Dr Lynette McGaurr)
Author:Lester, EA (Professor Elizabeth Lester)
ID Code:118875
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP150103454)
Deposited By:Faculty Office Arts
Deposited On:2017-07-21
Last Modified:2017-10-06
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