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Conflicting Climate Change Frames in a Global Field of Media Discourse

  • Jeffrey Broadbent
  • John Sonnett
  • Iosef Botetzaigas
  • Marcus Carson
  • Anabela Carvalho
  • Yu-Ju Chien
  • Christofer 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
  • Kelichi Satoh
  • Clare Saunders
  • Luisa Schmidt
  • Mark CJ Stoddart
  • Pradip Swarnakar
  • Tomoyuki Tatsumi
  • David Tindall
  • Phillip Vaughter
  • Paul Wagner
  • Sun-Jin Yun
  • Sun Zhengyi
Publishing year: 2016-10-25
Language: English
Publication/Series: Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: SAGE Publications

Abstract english

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.


  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
  • climate change
  • comparative
  • cosmopolitan
  • frame conflict
  • global warming


  • ISSN: 2378-0231
Christofer Edling
E-mail: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


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I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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