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Silencing climate change in Utah through extremist rhetoric and stakeholder processes: a critical discourse analysis

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dc.contributor.author Bjarnson, Grace Elizabeth
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-19T12:17:09Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-19T12:17:09Z
dc.date.issued 2013-04-16
dc.identifier.issn 1913-9063
dc.identifier.issn 1913-9071
dc.identifier.uri http://www.taccire.sua.ac.tz/handle/123456789/174
dc.description http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/jsd.v6n5p50 en_GB
dc.description.abstract This paper utilizes Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to explore the dimensions of domination and freedom within two significant public forums on climate change in Utah: (1) the resolution HJR 12 passed in the Utah State Legislature in 2010 and (2) the Blue Ribbon Committee on Climate Change (BRAC) process organized in 2006. The resolution HJR 12 reflects an extremist or inflammatory rhetoric point of view, while BRAC presents itself as a beacon of bureaucratic rationality, efficiency, and hierarchy. Forums such as these are force-feeding Americans subtly and not so subtly with divisive discourse and restrictive visions that pollute American politics and weaken the nation's capacity to address and solve its most challenging problems. HJR 12 exemplifies the role interpretive control plays in silencing those who disagree. The BRAC process illustrated how bureaucracy and rationalization may constrain future vision and action, reinforce current power structures, and encourage extreme rhetoric further down the road. This analysis uncovers the idealization of rational power underlying both forums. This idealization creates an unstable ground where powerplays, poorly disguised as rational policy making, dominate while silencing other voices. Scholars, government bureaucracies at all levels, and the American public wishing to deal with today’s complex challenges must purposefully address destructive assumptions associated with idealized rational processes, while recognizing the important role uncertainty, values, worldviews, and interests play in encouraging or discouraging policy change. en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Canadian Center of Science and Education en_GB
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Sustainable Development;6: 5
dc.subject stakeholder processes en_GB
dc.subject climate change en_GB
dc.subject critical discourse analysis en_GB
dc.subject politics en_GB
dc.subject Utah en_GB
dc.subject values en_GB
dc.title Silencing climate change in Utah through extremist rhetoric and stakeholder processes: a critical discourse analysis en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB

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