Science or Science Fiction? Professionals’ Discursive Construction of Climate Change

Lianne M. Lefsrud, Renate Meyer

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This paper examines the framings and identity work associated with professionals’ discursive construction of climate change science, their legitimation of themselves as experts on ‘the truth’, and their attitudes towards regulatory measures. Drawing from survey responses of 1077 professional engineers and geoscientists, we reconstruct their framings of the issue and knowledge claims to position themselves within their organizational and their professional institutions. In understanding the struggle over what constitutes and legitimizes expertise, we make apparent the heterogeneity of claims, legitimation strategies, and use of emotionality and metaphor. By linking notions of the science or science fiction of climate change to the assessment of the adequacy of global and local policies and of potential organizational responses, we contribute to the understanding of ‘defensive institutional work’ by professionals within petroleum companies, related industries, government regulators, and their professional association.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganization Studies
Volume33
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)1477-1506
ISSN0170-8406
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012

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Science or Science Fiction? Professionals’ Discursive Construction of Climate Change . / Lefsrud, Lianne M.; Meyer, Renate.

In: Organization Studies, Vol. 33, No. 11, 11.2012, p. 1477-1506 .

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