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Conflicting Climate Change Frames in a Global Field of Media Discourse

Broadbent, Jeffrey; Sonnett, John; Botetzagias, Iosef; Carson, Marcus; Carvalho, Anabela; Chien, Yu-Ju; Edling, Christopher; Fisher, Dana; Giouzepas, Georgios; Haluza-DeLay, Randolph; Hasegawa, Koichi; Hirschi, Christian; Horta, Ana; Ikeda, Kazuhiro; Jin, Jun; Ku, Dowan; Lahsen, Myanna; Lee, Ho-Ching; Lin, Tze-Luen Alan; Malang, Thomas; Ollmann, Jana; Payne, Diane; Pellissery, Sony; Price, Stephan; Pulver, Simone; Sainz, Jaime; Satoh, Keiichi; Saunders, Clare; Schmidt, Luisa; Stoddart, Mark C. J.; Swarnakar, Pradip; Tatsumi, Tomoyuki; Tindall, David; Vaughter, Philip; Wagner, Paul; Yun, Sun-Jin; Zhengyi, Sun


Jeffrey Broadbent

John Sonnett

Iosef Botetzagias

Marcus Carson

Anabela Carvalho

Yu-Ju Chien

Christopher Edling

Dana Fisher

Georgios Giouzepas

Randolph Haluza-DeLay

Koichi Hasegawa

Christian Hirschi

Ana Horta

Kazuhiro Ikeda

Jun Jin

Dowan Ku

Myanna Lahsen

Ho-Ching Lee

Tze-Luen Alan Lin

Thomas Malang

Jana Ollmann

Diane Payne

Sony Pellissery

Stephan Price

Simone Pulver

Jaime Sainz

Keiichi Satoh

Clare Saunders

Luisa Schmidt

Mark C. J. Stoddart

Pradip Swarnakar

Tomoyuki Tatsumi

David Tindall

Philip Vaughter

Sun-Jin Yun

Sun Zhengyi


Reducing global emissions will require a global cosmopolitan culture built from detailed attention to conflicting national climate change frames (interpretations) in media discourse. The authors analyze the global field of media climate change discourse using 17 diverse cases and 131 frames. They find four main conflicting dimensions of difference: validity of climate science, scale of ecological risk, scale of climate politics, and support for mitigation policy. These dimensions yield four clusters of cases producing a fractured global field. Positive values on the dimensions show modest association with emissions reductions. Data-mining media research is needed to determine trends in this global field.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 25, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 25, 2016
Publication Date 2016-12
Deposit Date Oct 7, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 28, 2023
Journal Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World
Print ISSN 2378-0231
Electronic ISSN 2378-0231
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Keywords climate change, comparative, cosmopolitan, frame conflicts, global warming
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