Debating Climate Change: Pathways Through Argument to Agreement

Debating Climate Change: Pathways Through Argument to Agreement

by Elizabeth L. Malone
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1844078280

ISBN-13: 9781844078288

Pub. Date: 10/28/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

As greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and contentious voices fill the air, the question gains urgency: how can people with widely varying viewpoints agree to address climate change? Each participant in the debate seems to have a different agenda, from protecting economic growth in developing countries to protecting the energy industry in industrialized

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As greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated and contentious voices fill the air, the question gains urgency: how can people with widely varying viewpoints agree to address climate change? Each participant in the debate seems to have a different agenda, from protecting economic growth in developing countries to protecting the energy industry in industrialized countries, from those aghast at the damage done to our planet to optimists who think we just need to adjust our technological approach.

Debating Climate Change sorts through the tangle of arguments surrounding climate change to find paths to unexpected sites of agreement. Using an innovative sociological approach - combined discourse and social network analyses - Elizabeth L. Malone analyses 100 documents representing a range of players in this high-stakes debate. Through this she shows how even the most implacable adversaries can find common ground - and how this common ground can be used to build agreement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844078288
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Series:
Earthscan Science in Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables ix

Preface xi

1 Trying to Make Sense of Disparate Arguments about Climate Change 1

2 The Many Faces of the Dispute 17

3 Climate Change: Part of Globalization? 35

4 Arguments: Agreeing and Disagreeing 53

5 Finding Common Ground: The Features of the Arguments 65

6 Elements of Arguments as Social Links 83

7 Beyond Family Ties: Social Network Analysis 97

8 Prospects for the Debate: Endless Recycling of Arguments or Movement towards Agreement? 113

Appendix 1 Arguments sorted by family with coded rhetorical features 129

Appendix 2 Documents listed by argument 133

Index 139

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