Risk, responsibility and political action

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dc.contributor.author Halskov Jensen, Elisabeth en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:25:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:25:14Z
dc.date.issued 2004-11-25T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/6851
dc.description.abstract ABSTRACT. This paper presents an argumentative case study of the discursive representation of risk, responsibility and political action in the Spanish media. The study uses a critical discourse analytical approach combined with theories on risk, agency and political communication in the media. It is argued that an application of the Toulmin model is useful for eliciting systematic overall repre-sentations of responsibility and agency in environmental crises such as the mad cow crisis as well as for revealing relationships between social domains such as moral, politics, economics and science in discourse. Discourse analysis shows that in the Spanish newspaper sample the focus was on the construal of high risk and on the construal of the national Spanish politicians, the EU and the Brit-ish nation as scapegoats. No responsibility was associated with consumers or other individual players. Political action was transformed into a moral respon-sibility on the part of the national and European politicians, constrained by economic and technical-scientific reality and represented as taking place only in the public sphere. KEY WORDS: CDA, World Risk Society, argumentation, media discourse, argumentation, responsibility, political action, Spanish government, environmental crises. en_US
dc.format.extent 25 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working paper;2004-008 en_US
dc.subject.other kep en_US
dc.subject.other cda en_US
dc.subject.other world risk society en_US
dc.subject.other argumentation en_US
dc.title Risk, responsibility and political action en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt04nov25 miel en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Center for Kommunikation en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort KOM en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Centre for Communication Studies en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort KOM en_US
dc.idnumber x65644446x en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2004 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Media discourse on environmental crises in Spain en_US


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