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Risk communication from a rhetorical perspective
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Retoriska aspekter på kriskomunikation)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2110-7598
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Retoriska aspekter på kriskomunikation)
Södertörns högskola, Huddinge, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Communicating risks: towards the threat society / [ed] Stig A. Nohrstedt, Göteborg: Nordicom , 2010, p. 53-71Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Risk and crisis scenarios always create different kinds of rhetorical situations, i.e. situations that call for discursive action. The aim of this chapter is to discuss how classical and modern rhetorical theories and methods can contribute to research on threat images and risk- and crisis communication. Rhetoric research focuses on the persuasive elements in discourses and sees “rhetoricity” as integrated in all kinds of communication. Rhetoric offers well structured methods for analyzing content, style, form and argumentation in communication, weather it is a question of text, picture, mediated communication or dialogue and conversation. In this chapter we exemplify the rhetorical approach by analyzing public hearings, concerning the question of nuclear waste management in Sweden. The hearings, conducted by the nuclear waste council, are studied with regard both to argumentation and attitudes. The analysis reveals a considerable gap between “technosphere” and “demosphere”, i.e. expert discourse and civic discourse, far from an open dialogue on this complex and crucial issue.

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Göteborg: Nordicom , 2010. p. 53-71
Keywords [en]
Risk communication, Rhetoric
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Rhetoric
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-14760ISBN: 978-91-86523-13-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-14760DiVA, id: diva2:401280
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2011-03-02 Created: 2011-03-02 Last updated: 2018-04-23Bibliographically approved

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