Fostering Community Engagement
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Keywords

climate change
denial
politics
epistemic
community
engagement
post-truth

How to Cite

Caulfield, Christopher. 2019. “Fostering Community Engagement”. Brolly 2 (1), 105-18. https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/Brolly/article/view/374.

Abstract

This paper reviews and interrogates theories of climate science denialism, and climate science skepticism, from a Science and Technology Studies (STS) perspective, and proceeds as follows: (1) Compare work by Jasanoff & Simmet, and by Collins, Evans & Weinel, on post-truth rhetoric, theories of expertise, and managing climate science denialism. (2) Introduce particular boundary drawing norms that I view as promising in potentially persuading publics to support mitigation responses to climate change. (3) Review work by Jylhä and by MacWilliams on the politics and demographics of climate science denialists. (4) Argue that recent work by Kenner provides a model for effectively engaging local communities in climate science epistemology, which could be fruitfully extended using social science work reviewed in this paper. (5) Conclude that there is plausibly fruitful political negotiation to be done by engaging conservative people to envision desired futures and compare those visions with the emerging climate.

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