Embracing and resisting climate identities in the Australian press: sceptics, scientists and politics

Jaspal, Rusi, Nerlich, Brigitte and van Vuuren, Kitty (2015) Embracing and resisting climate identities in the Australian press: sceptics, scientists and politics. Public Understanding of Science, 25 7: 807-824. doi:10.1177/0963662515584287

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Author Jaspal, Rusi
Nerlich, Brigitte
van Vuuren, Kitty
Title Embracing and resisting climate identities in the Australian press: sceptics, scientists and politics
Journal name Public Understanding of Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-6625
1361-6609
Publication date 2015-05-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0963662515584287
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 25
Issue 7
Start page 807
End page 824
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This article charts the development of a label that appeared early on in Australian debates on climate change, namely ‘greenhouse sceptics’. We explore who uses the label, for what purposes and with which effects, and how this label may contribute to the development of social representations in the climate debate. Our findings show that over the last 25 years, ‘greenhouse sceptic’ has been used by journalists and climate scientists to negativize those criticizing mainstream climate science, but that it has also been used, even embraced, by Australian climate sceptics to label themselves in order to construct a positive identity modelled on celebrity sceptics in the United States. We found that the label was grounded in religious metaphors that frame mainstream science as a catastrophist and alarmist religious cult. Overall, this article provides detailed insights into the genealogy of climate scepticism in a particular cultural and historical context.
Keyword Climate change beliefs
Identity
Media analysis
Social representation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 8 May 2015.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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