A Road to Conflict : Stakeholder’s and Social Network Analysis of the Media Portrayals of a Social-Environmental Conflict in Bolivia

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Reyes-García , V , Andrés-Conejero , O , Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia , A , Diaz-Reviriego , I & Molina , J L 2019 , ' A Road to Conflict : Stakeholder’s and Social Network Analysis of the Media Portrayals of a Social-Environmental Conflict in Bolivia ' , Society and Natural Resources , vol. 32 , no. 4 , pp. 452-472 . https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2018.1539199

Title: A Road to Conflict : Stakeholder’s and Social Network Analysis of the Media Portrayals of a Social-Environmental Conflict in Bolivia
Author: Reyes-García, Victoria; Andrés-Conejero, Oriol; Fernandez-Llamazares Onrubia, Alvaro; Diaz-Reviriego, Isabel; Molina, José Luis
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2019-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Society and Natural Resources
ISSN: 0894-1920
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/300801
Abstract: Society's understanding of a conflict is mediated by information provided in mass media, for which researchers stress the importance of analyzing media portrays of stakeholders in a conflict. We analyze information from the Bolivian press regarding the construction of a road crossing the Isiboro-Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park (TIPNIS). Using stakeholder's and social network analyses, we explore stakeholder's positions and alliances as represented in the media and contrast it with previous scholarly work. We found that some actors cited as central in scholar analyses of the conflict are largely absent in the media (e.g., private investors, conservationist sector) and that the media tend to present stakeholders as having more homogeneous positions than the academic literature does while also neglecting some important alliances in their account. The media also suggests that Indigenous communities are forging stronger alliances with urban sectors and civil society, alliances not stressed by researchers.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
indigenous peoples
Isiboro-Secure Indigenous Territory and National Park
social movements
social network analysis
social-environmental conflict
stakeholder analysis
climate-change
coverage
gender
bias
infrastructure
governance
resistance
frontiers
politics
events
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