Exploring Media Representations of the Nexus between Climate Change and Crime in the United States

Twyman-Ghoshal, Anamika ORCID: 0000-0003-4076-6687, Patten, Emma and Elena, Ciaramella (2022) Exploring Media Representations of the Nexus between Climate Change and Crime in the United States. Critical Criminology. doi:10.1007/s10612-022-09608-1

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Information on the criminal causes and effects of the climate crisis has the potential to shape public understanding of the problem, influence behavior(s), and prompt policy decisions. This article examines the mediated representation of climate change and crime in the United States to understand whether and how these issues are being portrayed. Using a content analysis of top online media stories in 2018, we found that there is a paucity of coverage on the nexus of climate change and crime. The few stories that did discuss the subject were often oversimplified and showed a lack of critical and informative coverage of the subject. Media coverage of climate change and crime needs more attention. This means that social scientists should dedicate more time to this research and to creating awareness around the climate change-social harm nexus. It also requires that social scientists are actively included in the discussions of the social effects of climate change.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Society and Learning
Depositing User: Anamika Twyman Ghoshal
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 12:10
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 12:33
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/10804

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