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Public understanding of climate change as a social dilemma

Capstick, Stuart B. 2013. Public understanding of climate change as a social dilemma. Sustainability 5 (8) , pp. 3484-3501. 10.3390/su5083484

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Abstract

Climate change is often referred to as one of the most complicated challenges facing humanity, characterised in various literatures as a social dilemma operating at multiple scales (individual, national, international). The present study considers the ways in which members of the public interpret climate change in these terms, drawing on data from multiple datasets, both qualitative and quantitative, from 1997 to 2011. As well as drawing out the nuances in participants’ perspectives on the social and societal dilemmas inherent to climate change, the present study also highlights the rejoinders and resolutions proposed by people to these dilemmas. It is suggested that recognition of the ways people find to navigate these difficult issues offers some cause for optimism regarding the public’s conceptualisation of, and response to, climate change.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Uncontrolled Keywords: public perceptions; climate change; social dilemma; discourse analysis; psychology
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 2071-1050
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:49
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/53916

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