Debating Climate Change: Pathways Through Argument to Agreementby Elizabeth L. Malone
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
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
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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