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Lindemer, August, 2019. Persuasion, facilitation… contestation? : conceptions of climate change communication in recent literature. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development



The causes and consequences of climate change are to varying degrees understood, produced and faced by various societies across the planet. The projected scope of its consequences and the underdetermination thereof causes much public contestation. Scholars of climate change communication express various positions towards the nature of the issue and the purpose of science communicative efforts. Through a literature review of research articles on climate change communication published between 2010 and 2018, I show that top-down approaches to communication based on psychological considerations are frequently argued to provide the necessary response to public uncertainty and disagreement on the issue. Linking these, and other, positions to epistemological and political considerations, I offer a liberal democratic critique of this conception of climate change communication as both ideologically and pragmatically questionable.

Main title:Persuasion, facilitation… contestation?
Subtitle:conceptions of climate change communication in recent literature
Authors:Lindemer, August
Supervisor:Hallgren, Lars
Examiner:Von Essen, Erica and Westberg, Lotten
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM026 Environmental communication and management - Master's programme
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:climate change, communication, social construction, liberal democracy
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Nature conservation and land resources
Meteorology and climatology
Deposited On:12 Mar 2019 14:02
Metadata Last Modified:04 Jun 2020 12:50

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