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Emotional anchoring and objectification in the media reporting on climate change
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Public Understanding of Science, ISSN 0963-6625, E-ISSN 1361-6609, Vol. 19, no 6, p. 717-731Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using the framework of social representations theory - more precisely the concepts of anchoring and objectification - this article analyses the emotions on which the media reporting on climate change draws. Emotions are thereby regarded as discursive phenomena. A qualitative analysis of two series in Swedish media on climate change, one in a tabloid newspaper and one in public service television news, is presented showing how the verbal and visual representations are attached to emotions of fear, hope, guilt, compassion and nostalgia. It is further argued that emotional representations of climate change may on the one hand enhance public engagement in the issue, but on the other hand may draw attention away from climate change as the abstract, long-term phenomenon of a statistical character that it is.

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2010. Vol. 19, no 6, p. 717-731
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-18884DOI: 10.1177/0963662509348863ISI: 000284378000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-18884DiVA, id: diva2:445594
Available from: 2011-10-04 Created: 2011-09-30 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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