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: 1844078299

ISBN-13: 9781844078295

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 the Earth 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 analyzes 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. Written in a clear, accessible style, this original research and insightful use of communication analysis will help advance understanding and negotiation on climate change throughout the pivotal times to come. Published with Science in Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844078295
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Series:
Earthscan Science in Society Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Climate Change in the Spotlight

1. Introduction: Trying to Make Sense of Disparate Arguments about Climate Change

2. The Many Faces of Dispute

3. Climate Change - Part of Globalization?

4. Arguments - Agreeing and Disagreeing

5. Finding Common Ground: The Features of the Arguments Themselves

6. Elements of Arguments as Social Links

7. Beyond Family Ties: Social Network Analysis

8. Prospects for the Debate: Endless Recycling of Arguments or Movement toward Agreement?

Appendix 1 Arguments sorted by family with coded rhetorical features

Appendix 2. Documents listed by argument

Visit http://www.earthscan.co.uk/dcc for free electronic supplementary material: First-stage analysis of the 100 documents examined in this book.

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