Environmental Risks and the Media

Environmental Risks and the Media

by Barbara Adam
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415214467

ISBN-13: 9780415214469

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Environmental Risks and the Media explores the ways in which environmental risks, threats and hazards are represented, transformed and contested by the media. At a time when popular conceptions of the environment as a stable, "natural" world with which humanity interferes are becoming increasingly contested, the media's methods of encouraging audiences to…  See more details below

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Environmental Risks and the Media explores the ways in which environmental risks, threats and hazards are represented, transformed and contested by the media. At a time when popular conceptions of the environment as a stable, "natural" world with which humanity interferes are becoming increasingly contested, the media's methods of encouraging audiences to think about environmental risks--from the "mad cow" crisis to global warming--are becoming more and more controversial. Examining large-scale disasters as well as "everyday" hazards, the contributors consider the tensions between entertainment and information in media coverage of the environment. The issues explored include: how the media frame "expert," "counter-expert" and "lay public" definitions of environmental risk; the role played by environmental pressure groups like Greenpeace in shaping media coverage; and the media's emphasis on spectacular events at the expense of issue-sensitive reporting.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415214469
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1500L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
List of contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the media politics of environmental risk1
Pt. IMapping environmental risks27
1TV news, lay voices and the visualisation of environmental risks29
2Interest group strategies and journalistic norms: news media framing of environmental issues45
3Claims-making and framing in British newspaper coverage of the 'Brent Spar' controversy55
4The burrowers: news about bodies, tunnels and green guerrillas73
Pt. IIDenaturalising risk politics91
5Environmental pressure politics and the 'risk society'93
6'Industry causes lung cancer': would you be happy with that headline? Environmental health and local politics105
7The media timescapes of BSE news117
8Reporting risks: problematising public participation and the Human Genome Project130
Pt. IIIBodies, risks and public environments143
9Selling control: ideological dilemmas of sun, tanning, risk and leisure145
10Exclusionary environments: the media career of youth homelessness160
11The female body at risk: media, sexual violence and the gendering of public environments171
12'Landscapes of fear': public places, fear of crime and the media184
Pt. IVGlobalising environments at risk199
13Communicating climate change through the media: predictions, politics and perceptions of risk201
14Global citizenship, the environment and the media218
15Mediating the risks of virtual environments229
Bibliography241
Index265

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