Human responses to climate change: social representation, identity and socio-psychological action

Jaspal, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-8463-9519, Nerlich, B. and Cinnirella, M., 2014. Human responses to climate change: social representation, identity and socio-psychological action. Environmental Communication, 8 (1), pp. 110-130. ISSN 1752-4032

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Climate change is one of the most important global challenges in the twenty-first century, given that a changing climate is likely to have negative and potentially irreversible consequences for the environment and human beings. Drawing upon Social Representations Theory (SRT) and Identity Process Theory (IPT) from social psychology, we argue that research should focus upon, and successfully integrate, three levels of analysis, namely (1) how climate change knowledge is constructed and circulates (social representation); (2) the role of identity in relation to these representations (identity); and (3) how people might respond to them (action). It is suggested that identity processes may determine how people process social representations of climate change, and that they mediate the link between representations and environmental behavior. Understanding human responses to climate change necessitates an integrative social sciences perspective, in terms of disciplinary, theoretical, and methodological approaches.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Environmental Communication
Creators: Jaspal, R., Nerlich, B. and Cinnirella, M.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2014
Volume: 8
Number: 1
ISSN: 1752-4032
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 16 Apr 2020 09:29
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 09:29

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