Actors and justifications in media debates on Arctic climate change in Finland and Canada : A network approach

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Kukkonen , A , Stoddart , M CJ & Ylä-Anttila , T 2021 , ' Actors and justifications in media debates on Arctic climate change in Finland and Canada : A network approach ' , Acta Sociologica , vol. 64 , no. 1 , 0001699319890902 , pp. 103-117 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699319890902

Title: Actors and justifications in media debates on Arctic climate change in Finland and Canada : A network approach
Author: Kukkonen, Anna; Stoddart, Mark CJ; Ylä-Anttila, Tuomas
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Political Science



Date: 2021-02-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Acta Sociologica
ISSN: 0001-6993
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699319890902
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/328490
Abstract: In this paper, we examine the centrality of policy actors and moral justifications in media debates on Arctic climate change in Finland and Canada from 2011?2015. We take a network approach on the media debates by analysing relations between the actors and justifications, using discourse network analysis on a dataset of 745 statements from four newspapers. We find that in both countries, governments and universities are the most central actors, whereas business actors are the least central. Justifications that value environmental sustainability and scientific knowledge are most central and used across actor types. However, ecological justifications are sometimes in conflict with market justifications. Government actors emphasize new economic possibilities in the Arctic whereas environmental organizations demand greater protection of the vulnerable Arctic. Ecological justifications and justifications that value international cooperation are more central in the Finnish debate, whereas justifications valuing sustainability and science, as well as those valuing national sovereignty, are more central in the Canadian debate. We conclude that in addition to the centrality of specific policy actors in media debates, the use of different types of moral justifications also reflects political power in the media sphere.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
The Arctic
climate change
justification theory
communication power
discourse network analysis
media analysis
Finland
Canada
POLICY
REPRESENTATIONS
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