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Imagining the Future at the Global and National Scale: A Comparative Study of British and Dutch Press Coverage of Rio 1992 and Rio 2012

Hellsten, Iina; Porter, Amanda; Nerlich, Brigitte

Authors

Iina Hellsten

Amanda Porter

Brigitte Nerlich



Abstract

Climate change and imagined futures are intricately linked, discussed by policymakers and reported in the media. In this article we focus on the construction of future expectation in the press coverage of the 1992 and 2012 United Nations conferences in Rio de Janeiro in British and Dutch national newspapers. We use a novel combination of methods, semantic co-word networks and metaphor analysis to analyse imagined futures. Our findings show that between 1992 and 2012 there was a switch from future-oriented hope to past-oriented disappointment regarding implementing international agreements on climate change policy. While the UK focused on global issues, the Netherlands focused on national (including colonial) and local ones, reflecting different views and expectations about the future of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Citation

Porter, A. J., Hellsten, I., Porter, A., & Nerlich, B. (2014). Imagining the Future at the Global and National Scale: A Comparative Study of British and Dutch Press Coverage of Rio 1992 and Rio 2012. Environmental Communication, 8(4), 468-488. https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2014.911197

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 28, 2014
Publication Date Oct 2, 2014
Deposit Date Sep 27, 2014
Publicly Available Date Sep 27, 2014
Journal Environmental Communication
Print ISSN 1752-4032
Electronic ISSN 1752-4040
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 4
Pages 468-488
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2014.911197
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/3383
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Environmental Communication on 28/04/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17524032.2014.911197

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