Politicization of science: how climate change skeptics use experts and scientific evidence in their online communication.

Schmid-Petri, Hannah (2017). Politicization of science: how climate change skeptics use experts and scientific evidence in their online communication. Climatic change, 145(3-4), pp. 523-537. Springer 10.1007/s10584-017-2112-z

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This study, using the discussion about climate change in the USA as an example, analyzes the research question of how climate change skeptics use experts and scientific evidence in their online communication. Two different strategies are distinguished: legitimation and criticism. The study conducts a quantitative content analysis of online documents to answer the research question. The results show that the deduced strategies are an important part of the communication of climate change skeptics, who more commonly use the criticism strategy than the legitimation strategy. Results are further differentiated for different actor types and various types of experts.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Mass Communication Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Schmid-Petri, Hannah

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0165-0009

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Lena Floriana Studer

Date Deposited:

31 Jul 2018 14:49

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 02:11

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10584-017-2112-z

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119009

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119009

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