The Mother of all Deadlines: A Discourse Analysis of News of Policy Decisions on Global Warming in China, India and the United States

By Elizabeth Burch.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Studies show the media plays a contributing role in effecting how countries address environmental issues. This research examines how the media in developed and developing countries present their nations’ ideological positions on policy in coverage of global warming. Are there biases that could hinder diplomacy? This cross-cultural comparison on journalistic practices in three key countries involved in the debate over climate change: India, China and the US, shows how the media portray this issue in light of recurring stereotypes and themes that frame power. Applying the theories of framing, agenda-setting, counter-hegemony, critical discourse analysis, and Orientialism, stories were analyzed to uncover the dominant narratives directing news coverage of this critical issue.

Keywords: Environmental News, Global Warming, India, China, Critical Discourse Analysis, Framing

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.79-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 774.143KB).

Dr. Elizabeth Burch

Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, USA

Elizabeth Burch, Ph.D. in Mass Media, Michigan State University, is chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Sonoma State University, CA. Her research examines international environmental communication in developing countries. She has taught courses in media ethics, environmental and international communications, journalism, scriptwriting, theory and research methods. Her research on international and environmental issues in communications has appeared in academic journals including Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Media, Culture and Society, the International Journal of Communication, the International Journal of Environmental Studies, Journal of Film and Video, Communications and the Law and Mass Comm Review. She is the author of several book chapters and is the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright Award. Her research has taken her to South Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

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