The Culture and Discourse of Climate Skepticism

Strategic Organization, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 77-84, 2011

Ross School of Business Paper No. 1152

11 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2010 Last revised: 21 Jun 2011

Andrew John Hoffman

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Date Written: November 1, 2010

Abstract

Working paper abstract (100-250 words): While the scientific, technical and policy components of the climate change issue are of critical importance, climate change is also a cultural issue. More importantly, it is a highly contested cultural issue in which competing movements engage in discursive debates – or framing battles – over the interpretation of the problem and the necessity of solutions. This dimension of the issue is overlooked because social scientists who can identify and analyze it have been notably absent from the public debate. Even more surprising, they have largely neglected to attend to the issue even within their own academic realms. In fact, our social science discipline either takes a relatively dismissive attitude toward those who challenge the scientific view that climate change is real – dubbed “climate skeptics” – or subscribes to them sinister motives and neglects their beliefs altogether. In this essay, I argue that this neglect is a problem and highlight how researchers can advance their scholarship and social relevance by studying the ongoing debate over climate change.

Keywords: culture, framing, institutional logics, climate skepticism

Suggested Citation

Hoffman, Andrew John, The Culture and Discourse of Climate Skepticism (November 1, 2010). Strategic Organization, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 77-84, 2011; Ross School of Business Paper No. 1152. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1713760

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