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Climate justice: contested discourse and social transformation

Climate justice: contested discourse and social transformation PurposeThis paper argues that climate justice constitutes a contested discourse reflecting the material interests of social groups who contribute to its production. In order for climate justice to have integrity, it must be rooted in the material interests of those social groups negatively affected by, and engaged in struggles against, the hydrocarbon economy. The paper locates contestation of discourse production in an understanding of social movement processes.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is a theoretical contribution to the debate about climate justice, drawing on data (published and unpublished) from ScotlandFindingsThe paper concludes that scholars engaged in climate justice work should have consideration to the material interest embedded in the discourse. The pedagogical and dialogical work of engagement with the militant particularism of local struggles against the hydrocarbon industry is an important contribution to discourse construction, and ultimately social transformation required to achieve climate justice.Research limitations/implicationsThis is primarily a theoretical paper although draws on limited case study data from environmental conflicts in ScotlandPractical implicationsThe argument has practical implications for work in climate justice, including research, policy development and social movement mobilisationOriginality/valueThe paper draws on existing theoretical frameworks, especially Marxian approaches to discourse and social movement studies, in order to critique and contribute to the newly developing field of climate justice. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management Emerald Publishing

Climate justice: contested discourse and social transformation

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1756-8692
DOI
10.1108/IJCCSM-05-2015-0060
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Abstract

PurposeThis paper argues that climate justice constitutes a contested discourse reflecting the material interests of social groups who contribute to its production. In order for climate justice to have integrity, it must be rooted in the material interests of those social groups negatively affected by, and engaged in struggles against, the hydrocarbon economy. The paper locates contestation of discourse production in an understanding of social movement processes.Design/methodology/approachThe paper is a theoretical contribution to the debate about climate justice, drawing on data (published and unpublished) from ScotlandFindingsThe paper concludes that scholars engaged in climate justice work should have consideration to the material interest embedded in the discourse. The pedagogical and dialogical work of engagement with the militant particularism of local struggles against the hydrocarbon industry is an important contribution to discourse construction, and ultimately social transformation required to achieve climate justice.Research limitations/implicationsThis is primarily a theoretical paper although draws on limited case study data from environmental conflicts in ScotlandPractical implicationsThe argument has practical implications for work in climate justice, including research, policy development and social movement mobilisationOriginality/valueThe paper draws on existing theoretical frameworks, especially Marxian approaches to discourse and social movement studies, in order to critique and contribute to the newly developing field of climate justice.

Journal

International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 15, 2016

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