Green conflicts in environmental discourse: A topos based integrative analysis of critical voices

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‘Green’ concerns about nature, the environment or the climate have traditionally been juxtaposed with concerns about economic growth or job creation. Recently, however, a new type of conflict has appeared, in which different green concerns, for instance regarding mitigation of climate change and protection of landscape qualities, seem to collide. These environmental conflicts have so far received little scholarly attention. This article addresses the issue by a study of national and in particular local news media discussion on the construction of wind turbines in Denmark, bringing together research traditions from environmental communication, discourse analysis, and place studies. Analytically, the study employs the notion of topos as the key meaning unit, referring to the premises upon which an argument is based. In addition to the empirical findings, the study points to methodological potential of the concept of topos to integrate qualitative and quantitative approaches within a discourse studies framework.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer17(4)
TidsskriftCritical Discourse Studies
Vol/bind17
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)429-446
Antal sider18
ISSN1740-5904
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2020

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