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Environmental Risks and the Media

1st Edition

Edited by Barbara Adam, Stuart Allan, Cynthia Carter


294 pages

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Environmental Risks and the Media explores the ways in which environmental risks, threats and hazards are represented, transformed and contested by the media. At a time when popular conceptions of the environment as a stable, natural world with which humanity interferes are being increasingly contested, the medias methods of encouraging audiences to think about environmental risks - from the BSE or 'mad cow' crisis to global climate change - are becoming more and more controversial.

Examining large-scale disasters, as well as 'everyday' hazards, the contributors consider the tensions between entertainment and information in media coverage of the environment. How do the media frame 'expert', 'counter-expert' and 'lay public' definitions of environmental risk? What role do environmental pressure groups like Greenpeace or 'eco-warriors' and 'green guerrillas' play in shaping what gets covered and how? Does the media emphasis on spectacular events at the expense of issue-sensitive reporting exacerbate the public tendency to overestimate sudden and violent risks and underestimate chronic long-term ones?


'greatest strenght of the book is the depth and range of articles and topics presented' 'strongly recommended to those with an interest in environmental issues and/or media sociology generally.'

'Sifting through the chapters is rewarding, producing essays that are on target.' - Allan Mazur, Syracuse University

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies