Environmental Risks and the Media

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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
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
List of contributors
Introduction: the media politics of environmental risk 1
Pt. I Mapping environmental risks 27
1 TV news, lay voices and the visualisation of environmental risks 29
2 Interest group strategies and journalistic norms: news media framing of environmental issues 45
3 Claims-making and framing in British newspaper coverage of the 'Brent Spar' controversy 55
4 The burrowers: news about bodies, tunnels and green guerrillas 73
Pt. II Denaturalising risk politics 91
5 Environmental pressure politics and the 'risk society' 93
6 'Industry causes lung cancer': would you be happy with that headline? Environmental health and local politics 105
7 The media timescapes of BSE news 117
8 Reporting risks: problematising public participation and the Human Genome Project 130
Pt. III Bodies, risks and public environments 143
9 Selling control: ideological dilemmas of sun, tanning, risk and leisure 145
10 Exclusionary environments: the media career of youth homelessness 160
11 The female body at risk: media, sexual violence and the gendering of public environments 171
12 'Landscapes of fear': public places, fear of crime and the media 184
Pt. IV Globalising environments at risk 199
13 Communicating climate change through the media: predictions, politics and perceptions of risk 201
14 Global citizenship, the environment and the media 218
15 Mediating the risks of virtual environments 229
Bibliography 241
Index 265
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