The Social Construction of Climate Change: Power, Knowledge, Norms, Discourses

1st Edition

Mary E. Pettenger

Routledge
Published June 28, 2007
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9780754648024 - CAT# Y235540
Series: Global Environmental Governance

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Summary

Individuals, international organizations and states are calling for the world to confront climate change. Efforts such as the Kyoto Protocol have produced intractable disputes and are deemed inadequate. This volume adopts two constructivist perspectives - norm-centred and discourse - to explore the social construction of climate change from a broad, theoretical level to particular cases. The contributors contend that climate change must be understood from the context of social settings, and that we ignore at our peril how power and knowledge structures are generated. They offer a greater understanding of why current efforts to mitigate climate change have failed and provide academics and policy makers with a new understanding of this important topic.

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