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The whistleblower and the canary: rhetorical constructions of climate change

Hamblyn, Richard (2009) The whistleblower and the canary: rhetorical constructions of climate change. Journal of Historical Geography 35 (2), pp. 223-236. ISSN 0305-7488.

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This paper is concerned with the historical dimension of the current debates on climate change, and argues that the history of the understanding of climate change has itself become part of the rhetorical account. Key historic moments of disclosure and revelation have become central to the ways in which climate change is presented as a persuasive narrative today. This paper takes a discursive approach to exploring the background of these signal moments in climate change history, and aims to show how they have helped to shape the terms of the current debate.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Climate change, Global warming, Science communication, Narrative, Rhetoric, Metaphor
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > English and Humanities
Depositing User: Richard Hamblyn
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 08:37
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33

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