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The social construction of the wolf : a case study of news media’s role in sustainability wildlife conservation in regards to the wolf in Sweden

Geijer, Agnes LU (2014) In Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science MESM01 20141
LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
Abstract
The wolf has been considered functionally and genetically extinct in Sweden for a hundred years, but since the 1970’s there has been a gradual revival of the species. This reintroduction of the wolf into the Swedish society has been teemed with great tensions and bad sentiments. This research takes the normative position that news media has a responsibility in communicating the complexities associated with socio-ecological systems and promote dialogue that strife towards mutual understanding and convergence in order to promote sustainable wildlife conservation. Furthermore, in order to emphasise the social construction of knowledge this research also argues that journalists should practice self-reflexivity, instead of only relying on the... (More)
The wolf has been considered functionally and genetically extinct in Sweden for a hundred years, but since the 1970’s there has been a gradual revival of the species. This reintroduction of the wolf into the Swedish society has been teemed with great tensions and bad sentiments. This research takes the normative position that news media has a responsibility in communicating the complexities associated with socio-ecological systems and promote dialogue that strife towards mutual understanding and convergence in order to promote sustainable wildlife conservation. Furthermore, in order to emphasise the social construction of knowledge this research also argues that journalists should practice self-reflexivity, instead of only relying on the representation of different stakeholders when attempting to provide with objective information. By looking at newspaper articles and conducting interviews with journalists this research came to the conclusion that the coverage of the wolf is teemed with polarizing language, anthropocentric framing, and political/ managerial discourses that provides with a simplistic account for sustainable wildlife conservation. (Less)
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author
Geijer, Agnes LU
supervisor
organization
course
MESM01 20141
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
wolf, sustainable wildlife conservation, sustainable science, news media, discourse analysis
publication/series
Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science
report number
2014:012
language
English
id
4463231
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2014-06-17 11:13:43
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  abstract     = {The wolf has been considered functionally and genetically extinct in Sweden for a hundred years, but since the 1970’s there has been a gradual revival of the species. This reintroduction of the wolf into the Swedish society has been teemed with great tensions and bad sentiments. This research takes the normative position that news media has a responsibility in communicating the complexities associated with socio-ecological systems and promote dialogue that strife towards mutual understanding and convergence in order to promote sustainable wildlife conservation. Furthermore, in order to emphasise the social construction of knowledge this research also argues that journalists should practice self-reflexivity, instead of only relying on the representation of different stakeholders when attempting to provide with objective information. By looking at newspaper articles and conducting interviews with journalists this research came to the conclusion that the coverage of the wolf is teemed with polarizing language, anthropocentric framing, and political/ managerial discourses that provides with a simplistic account for sustainable wildlife conservation.},
  author       = {Geijer, Agnes},
  keyword      = {wolf,sustainable wildlife conservation,sustainable science,news media,discourse analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master Thesis Series in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science},
  title        = {The social construction of the wolf : a case study of news media’s role in sustainability wildlife conservation in regards to the wolf in Sweden},
  year         = {2014},
}