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Reception of climate activist messages by low-carbon transition actors: argument evasion in the carbon offsetting debate

Üzelgün, Mehmet Ali, Fernandes-Jesus, Maria ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8868-1968 and Küçükural, Önder (2021) Reception of climate activist messages by low-carbon transition actors: argument evasion in the carbon offsetting debate. Argumentation and Advocacy.

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Abstract

How do adherents to hegemonic discourses construe and respond to radical arguments by activists? To address the question, we examined how adherents to hegemonic climate change discourses react to a climate activist’s arguments. In interviews conducted with corporate actors of low-carbon transitions, we used a video excerpt to elicit critical reactions to an activist’s argumentation on carbon offsetting. We used the critical reactions as an index of interviewees’ reception of the activist’s case and pragma-dialectical theory to analyze them. We found that interviewees advanced four types of criticism concerning individual agency, awareness-raising, neutralization, and financial instruments. We discuss their inter-relations and how interviewees construed the activist’s argumentation in ways that evaded his more antagonistic claims.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an accepted version of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Argumentation and Advocacy on 1/09/2021 available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10511431.2021.1971381
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10511431.2021.1971381
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5510

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