Being(s) framed: the means and ends of framing environmental migrants

Ransan-Cooper, Hedda, Farbotko, Carol, McNamara, Karen E., Thornton, Fanny and Chevalier, Emilie (2015) Being(s) framed: the means and ends of framing environmental migrants. Global Environmental Change, 35 106-115. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.07.013

Author Ransan-Cooper, Hedda
Farbotko, Carol
McNamara, Karen E.
Thornton, Fanny
Chevalier, Emilie
Title Being(s) framed: the means and ends of framing environmental migrants
Journal name Global Environmental Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-3780
Publication date 2015-11-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2015.07.013
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 35
Start page 106
End page 115
Total pages 10
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents an evolving typology of frames – filters of sense-making – to unpack how actors are interpreting and responding to the issue of environmental migration. We use frame analysis to draw attention to how a variety of actors define the boundaries of environmental migration, both intentionally and unintentionally, and how this generates interpretations and directions for policy action. In particular, we identify and discuss four unique framings of the environmental migrant notable in popular policy and academic debate: victims, security threats, adaptive agents and political subjects. Although not always consistently deployed by the same actors, and often hybridised, we argue that the four framings highlight different political, ideological and practical beliefs associated with particular interests and normative assumptions. The paper uses a qualitative, interpretive approach suited to understanding over-arching, macrocultural frames. We explore how key actors produce, communicate and legitimise each framing, discuss the ramifications of such and highlight major apparent critiques. We conclude that despite the four framings identified by us, scope of debate concerning environmental migration is marked by continued dynamism. Within this context, the frame perspective may stimulate greater reflexivity about assumptions and blindspots about this complex phenomenon to ground debate and action, in an arena that often relies on high-level and abstract language.
Keyword Climate change
Environmental migration
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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