When climate science became climate politics: British media representations of climate change in 1988

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519 and Nerlich, B., 2014. When climate science became climate politics: British media representations of climate change in 1988. Public Understanding of Science, 23 (2), pp. 122-141. ISSN 0963-6625

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Abstract

Climate change has become a pressing environmental concern for scientists, social commentators and politicians. Previous social science research has explored media representations of climate change in various temporal and geographical contexts. Through the lens of Social Representations Theory, this article provides a detailed qualitative thematic analysis of media representations of climate change in the 1988 British broadsheet press, given that this year constitutes an important juncture in this transition of climate change from the domain of science to that of the socio-political sphere. The following themes are outlined: (i) “Climate change: a multi-faceted threat”; (ii) “Collectivisation of threat”; (iii) “Climate change and the attribution of blame”; and (iv) “Speculative solutions to a complex socio-environmental problem.” The article provides detailed empirical insights into the “starting-point” for present-day disputes concerning climate change and lays the theoretical foundations for tracking the continuities and discontinuities characterising social representations of climate change in the future.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Climate change in the 1988 British press [running head]
Publication Title: Public Understanding of Science
Creators: Jaspal, R. and Nerlich, B.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 1 February 2014
Volume: 23
Number: 2
ISSN: 0963-6625
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/0963662512440219DOI
1315451Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 16 Apr 2020 08:44
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 08:44
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39645

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