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Challenging dominant discourses of climate change


Fleming, A and Vanclay, F and Hiller, C and Wilson, S, Challenging dominant discourses of climate change, Climatic Change, 127, (3-4) pp. 407-418. ISSN 0165-0009 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1268-z


The influence of language on communication about climate change is well recognised, but this understanding is under-utilised by those seeking to increase uptake of action for climate change. We discuss the terms, discourse, resistance, and agency, to assist in developing ways to progress social action for climate change. Using a review of academic literature about climate change, we explore three of the many dominant discourses that constrain action: the logical action discourse; the complexity discourse; and the culture of consumption discourse. While there are more discourses about climate change, especially in the popular literature, the ways these three operate in the peri-scientific sphere is under-recognised. We suggest that by examining the different framings of climate change, there is potential to create novel discourses and to start new processes of societal response. This paper challenges the dominant scientific framing of climate change and seeks to begin the process of creating change through changing discourses.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Ethics
Objective Field:Social ethics
UTAS Author:Wilson, S (Dr Stephen Wilson)
ID Code:96207
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:30
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2014-10-24
Last Modified:2015-03-31
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