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The fantasy of success: climate change as discourse

Humphreys, Stephen (2012) The fantasy of success: climate change as discourse. EUI RSCAS; 2012/67, Penca, Jerneja and De Andrade Correa, Fabiano (eds.), San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy.

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In this paper, I aim to think through the significance of what we might call the ‘mainstreaming’ of climate science. In doing so, I attempt to explain the apparent paradox that, despite the increasing success of climate change science at discursive level, the failure of that language to frame a viable solution to the problems climate change poses appear ever starker. The inquiry draws on notions of (Foucauldian) ‘discourse’ and (Lacanian) ‘fantasy’, which I introduce by reference to two very different stories to have emerged recently from Norway, a poster child for climate change policy.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2012 European University Institute
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2014 13:06

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