Clean energy futures and place-based responses: a comparison of letters-to-the-editor in two Australian regions

van Vuuren, Kitty, Angus, Dan and Ward, Susan (2014) Clean energy futures and place-based responses: a comparison of letters-to-the-editor in two Australian regions. Communication, Politics and Culture, 47 Part 2: 17-34.

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Author van Vuuren, Kitty
Angus, Dan
Ward, Susan
Title Clean energy futures and place-based responses: a comparison of letters-to-the-editor in two Australian regions
Journal name Communication, Politics and Culture   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2200-6796
1836-0645
Publication date 2014-12-17
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 47
Issue Part 2
Start page 17
End page 34
Total pages 18
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher R M I T * School of Media & Communication
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract A region’s cultural environment—how people communicate and how local media represent the immediate social and natural environment—is indicative of local dominant normative values that underpin potential capacities for climate change mitigation and adaptation. This article explores this premise with a comparison of two regions in Australia: Northern Rivers (New South Wales) and Ipswich-Lockyer (Queensland), and draws attention to readers’ letters published in two daily newspapers, The Queensland Times (Ipswich) and The Northern Star (Lismore), with a specific focus on the Clean Energy Legislative Package. Leximancer software is used to analyse the content of readers’ letters published over a nine-month period coinciding with the passage of the legislation through the Australian parliament. The results indicate important differences in local discourses and suggest a focus on local socio-cultural landscapes and their capacities for community dialogue are potentially useful for understanding how communities talk about, and the extent to which they will accept climate change policies.
Keyword Clean Energy Futures
Australia
Climate change
Regional press
Letters to the editor
Leximancer
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes http://mams.rmit.edu.au/fodv5mx2ru8qz.pdf

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