American evangelical christians associated with

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American evangelical Christians associated with Creation Care—instead of environmentalism… juggle biblical interpretations and science Science journalists—how to communicate? Science and science policy experts—objectivity and vernaculars? -- These groups are both central and peripheral to discussions about how to communicate climate change—their centrality and ‘peripherality’ changes all the time, move in and out of the stage— may remain in friction (crucial also: internal politics) A floating signifier o Given value as an evolving, emergent, overlapping form of life o In translation with vernaculars each place has its own language/practice/experience of cc… and translation is required to communicate But to translate is not to make exact meaning, not exact equivalence, but approximate equivalences [remember race: whiteness; may not be the same across the world, yet it is whiteness] False: when we translate, we make exact equivalences; true: translations are good enough equivalences There is no climate change here, not one thing recognizable as climate change; many things—and they were interconnected Before the word climate change arrived, things were changing, and changes were described in many different ways climate chang is not a straight forward term/practice
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Floating signifier : the way that climate change is articulated, used, circulated, and understood creates its particular form of life and in its meaningfulness for individuals and groups There is friction among those different articulations A term whose meanings are very much in negotiation
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  • Fall '14
  • JamesGrisemer
  • Science,  Vernaculars of climate change

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