Denniss, RJ and Davison, A, Self and world in lay interpretations of climate change, International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management, 7, (2) pp. 140-153. ISSN 1756-8692 (2015) [Refereed Article]
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Design – Through narrative analysis of qualitative interviews this study examines lay rationalities of climate change as a process of not only knowing the world (epistemology), but of being oriented towards the world (ontology) and valuing the world (axiology).
Findings – Findings emphasise the extent of individual variation in lay interpretations of climate change, and their internal complexity. Almost all participants display differences in reasoning about climate change when considering their personal lives as compared to the wider, public world. Distinct accounts of self and world in lay rationalities are evident in the ways that participants imagine the future and express their feelings of culpability for and responsibility to act on climate change.
Originality/Value – This paper argues that lay reasoning about climate science does not just engage ways of knowing the world, but also ways of being in and valuing the world so as to open up multiple trajectories for comprehension.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||lay rationalities, everyday life, ontology, climate change, epistemology, qualitative interviews, axiology|
|Research Division:||Studies in Human Society|
|Research Group:||Human Geography|
|Research Field:||Social and Cultural Geography|
|Objective Group:||Atmosphere and Weather|
|Objective Field:||Atmosphere and Weather not elsewhere classified|
|Author:||Denniss, RJ (Ms Bec Denniss)|
|Author:||Davison, A (Associate Professor Aidan Davison)|
|Deposited By:||Geography and Environmental Studies|
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