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Environmental discourses and biodiversity: the construction of a storyline in understanding and managing an environmental issue
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1495-8346
2013 (English)In: Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, ISSN 1943-815X, E-ISSN 1943-8168, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 39-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Although biodiversity is considered to be one of today’s greatest environmental challenges, its definition remains open to interpretation. How biodiversity is understood and managed depends on the environmental discourses within which it is articulated. This paper examines how the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC), one of the largest environmental NGOs in Sweden, describes biodiversity in its 2011 yearbook. The yearbook is aimed at a wide audience and is intended to improve the general public’s understanding of biodiversity. Using discourse analysis, this study shows how the SSNC defines biodiversity by re-articulating three environmental discourses and integrating them into a single storyline. The analysis shows how these discourses offer different possibilities for different subject positions to speak about and act in relation to biodiversity. Finally, the study shows how normative implications for action are articulated as consequences of these definitions and who is responsible for performing these actions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2013. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 39-54
Keywords [en]
biodiversity, environmental discourse, subject position, storyline, discourse analysis, environmental NGO
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Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-30152DOI: 10.1080/1943815X.2013.769455ISI: 000316012700003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84875216572OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-30152DiVA, id: diva2:639610
Available from: 2013-08-08 Created: 2013-08-08 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. The importance of trust.: a study of knowledge production of biodiversity.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The importance of trust.: a study of knowledge production of biodiversity.
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The loss of biological diversity is one of today’s greatest environmental problems. Scientific knowledge is typically presented as the premise to solve this problem. However, science alone is not sufficient to produce knowledge of biodiversity. Other actors are also involved in knowledge production. The aim of this thesis is to analyse how different actors create knowledge of the environmental problem of biodiversity loss and to further investigate the importance of trust in the relationships between these knowledge producers.

This thesis uses a discourse analytical perspective and conducts interviews and document studies to explore how actors use different narratives to legitimate their knowledge production. Through four papers addressing different aspects of knowledge production, this thesis discusses conditions for knowledge production, particularly the importance of trust.

The results show that actors other than scientific experts also have the ability to act in knowledgeable ways and to be involved in knowledge production of biodiversity. Knowledge is produced by making use of many different dimensions and aspects, such as global, regional, local, and science, politics, and everyday life. The result also shows how trust, distrust, and as-if trust are key activities in knowledge production of environmental problems, such as the loss of biodiversity.

This thesis argues that the actors involved need to realise and acknowledge that knowledge production is a mutual process in which actors must engage in trust and distrust activities. In so doing, it will be possible to understand the complexity of the loss of biodiversity and thus to better manage this problem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro University, 2013. p. 94
Series
Örebro Studies in Sociology, ISSN 1650-2531 ; 16
Keywords
trust, knowledge, biological diversity, biodiversity, environmental problems, discourse analysis, Mode-1/Mode-2, SSK, STS
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-32291 (URN)978-91-7668-969-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-11-08, Örebro, 21:09 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-11-15 Created: 2013-11-09 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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