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To spray or not to spray: the discursive construction of contested environmental issues in the news media
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6735-0011
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2013 (English)In: Discourse, Context & Media, ISSN 2211-6958, E-ISSN 2211-6966, Vol. 2, no 3, p. 123-130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the role of the news media in the (re)definition of contested environmental issues. It analyzes how the media, by means of various discursive strategies, legitimize or de-legitimize different claims about how to handle environmental issues. Guided by critical discourse analysis, the paper analyzes the news reporting on two cases of insect outbreaks in Sweden: one which resulted in spraying and one which did not. The analysis concludes that the production of hegemonic meaning on contested environmental issues – i.e.  the process by which certain definitions of how to understand and manage them emerge victorious from the discursive struggle between stakeholders – is closely linked to journalistic routines, as well as to media logic in general and to the media’s difficulties in handling scientific uncertainty in particular.

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Elsevier, 2013. Vol. 2, no 3, p. 123-130
Keywords [en]
News media, Media logic, Journalistic routines, Critical discourse analysis, Biodiversity, Environmental sociology
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies; Sociology; Enviromental Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30064DOI: 10.1016/j.dcm.2013.06.001ISI: 000209526900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84880354585OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30064DiVA, id: diva2:638193
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Swedish Research Council FormasAvailable from: 2013-07-28 Created: 2013-07-28 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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