Unravelling the threads: discourses of sustainability and consumption in an online forum
Cooper, G, Green, NC, Burningham, K, Evans, D and Jackson, T (2012) Unravelling the threads: discourses of sustainability and consumption in an online forum Environmental communication, 6 (1). 101 - 118. ISSN 1752-4032
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This article analyzes an online discussion that followed an article published by UK environmental activist and journalist George Monbiot in The Guardian online newspaper. The analysis addresses the ways in which participants in an online forum debate responded to the tensions and contradictions between lifestyle, consumption, and sustainability highlighted in the original article. The discursive construction of class, green political orientations, and identities; visions of “the good life”; and appeals to religion and science are highlighted throughout the analysis—as are the discursive strategies for positioning self, other, and audience in the debate. The argument emphasizes the heterogeneity of discursive positioning and reflects on the role of social media in the politics of consumption and sustainability, especially given the inherent reflexivity of web forums as online communicative forms.
|Additional Information:||This is an online version of an article published in Cooper G, Green NC, Burningham K, Evans D, Jackson T (2012). Unravelling the threads: discourses of sustainability and consumption in an online forum Environmental communication 6(1):101-118. ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION is availbale at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/renc20/current|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Sociology
|Depositing User:||Symplectic Elements|
|Date Deposited:||09 May 2012 11:52|
|Last Modified:||23 Sep 2013 19:14|
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