Title
Democratic debate and mediated discourses on climate change : from consensus to de/politicization Democratic debate and mediated discourses on climate change : from consensus to de/politicization
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Abingdon ,
Subject
Chemistry
Biology
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Environmental communication. - Abingdon
Volume/pages
8(2014) :2 , p. 216-232
ISSN
1752-4032
ISI
000335942300006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Starting from a risk conflicts perspective, this article challenges two common assumptions of existing research on climate change in public and media discourses. It argues that the evaluation of these discourses on the extent to which these either accurately reflect a scientific consensus or contribute to achieving social consensus insufficiently takes account of the exclusionary mechanisms it starts from. A conceptual and empirical framework is subsequently put forward which allows one to evaluate mediated discourses in terms of the extent to which democratic debate and citizenship are encouraged. Such analysis can reveal the discursive strategies underlying processes of politicization and depoliticization. This perspective is illustrated by an analysis of a local case study: the Sing for the Climate campaign. We conclude by calling for a broad systematic research agenda revealing the extent to which de/politicizing discourses are found to influence public and media discourses.
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