Reconstruction of the boundary between climate science and politics: The IPCC in the Japanese mass media, 1988-2007

Shinichiro Asayama, Atsushi Ishii

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Abstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) plays a significant role in bridging the boundary between climate science and politics. Media coverage is crucial for understanding how climate science is communicated and embedded in society. This study analyzes the discursive construction of the IPCC in three Japanese newspapers from 1988 to 2007 in terms of the science-politics boundary. The results show media discourses engaged in boundary-work which rhetorically separated science and politics, and constructed the iconic image of the IPCC as a pure scientific authority. In the linkages between the global and national arenas of climate change, the media "domesticate" the issue, translating the global nature of climate change into a discourse that suits the national context. We argue that the Japanese media's boundary-work is part of the media domestication that reconstructed the boundary between climate science and politics reflecting the Japanese context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-203
Number of pages15
JournalPublic Understanding of Science
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb

Keywords

  • IPCC
  • Japan
  • boundary-work
  • climate change
  • co-production of science and politics
  • discourse analysis
  • media coverage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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