Discourses of Global Climate Change: Apocalyptic framing and political antagonisms

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Routledge, Nov 13, 2014 - Business & Economics - 210 pages

This book examines the arguments made by political actors in the creation of antagonistic discourses on climate change. Using in-depth empirical research from Sweden, a country considered by the international political community to be a frontrunner in tackling climate change, it draws out lessons that contribute to the worldwide environmental debate.

The book identifies and analyses four globally circulated discourses that call for very different action to be taken to achieve sustainability: Industrial fatalism, Green Keynesianism, Eco-socialism and Climate scepticism. Drawing on risk society and post-political theory, it elaborates concepts such as industrial modern masculinity and ecomodern utopia, exploring how it is possible to reconcile apocalyptic framing to the dominant discourse of political conservatism.

This highly original and detailed study focuses on opinion leaders and the way discourses are framed in the climate change debate, making it valuable reading for students and scholars of environmental communication and media, global environmental policy, energy research and sustainability.


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discourses of climate change and global environmental politics
The discourse of Industrial Fatalism
The Green Keynesian discourse
The Ecosocialist discourse
The Climate Sceptic discourse
The UN conference in Copenhagen and beyond
Apocalyptic framing and conservative action? A concluding discussion

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About the author (2014)

Martin Hultman is a research fellow in cultural studies, energy politics and environmental history at Umeå University, Sweden.

Jonas Anshelm is a professor researching energy politics, environmental history and political history of ideas at Linköping University, Sweden.

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