Embracing and resisting climate identities in the Australian press: sceptics, scientists and politics

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, Nerlich, B. and van Vuuren, K., 2016. Embracing and resisting climate identities in the Australian press: sceptics, scientists and politics. Public Understanding of Science, 25 (7), pp. 807-824. ISSN 0963-6625

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This article charts the development of a label that appeared early on in Australian debates on climate change, namely ‘greenhouse sceptics’. We explore who uses the label, for what purposes and with which effects, and how this label may contribute to the development of social representations in the climate debate. Our findings show that over the last 25 years, ‘greenhouse sceptic’ has been used by journalists and climate scientists to negativize those criticizing mainstream climate science, but that it has also been used, even embraced, by Australian climate sceptics to label themselves in order to construct a positive identity modelled on celebrity sceptics in the United States. We found that the label was grounded in religious metaphors that frame mainstream science as a catastrophist and alarmist religious cult. Overall, this article provides detailed insights into the genealogy of climate scepticism in a particular cultural and historical context.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Public Understanding of Science
Creators: Jaspal, R., Nerlich, B. and van Vuuren, K.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 1 October 2016
Volume: 25
Number: 7
ISSN: 0963-6625
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 15 Apr 2020 09:56
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2020 09:56
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/39617

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