In this article, we call for a refocusing of research on citizens’ political engagement with climate change. In doing so, we argue that communication practices not only help create the conditions for political engagement but they also comprise the modes of such engagement. Our argument proceeds in four steps. First, we review the literature on public engagement with climate change, concluding that there is a lack of attention to issues regarding the political. Consequently, we make the case for a refocusing of research on political engagement. Second, we explain how the notion of political subjectivity helps us to understand the relation between communication practices and engagement with the politics of climate change. Third, we discuss examples of dominant communication practices that constrain citizen political engagement by depoliticizing climate change, and alternative communication practices that have the potential to politicize. We end by outlining the many research questions that relate to the study of political engagement with climate change.
- Climate change
- communication practices
- political engagement
- political subjectivity
Carvalho, A., van Wessel, M., & Maeseele, P. (2017). Communication practices and political engagement with climate change: a research agenda. Environmental Communication, 11(1), 122-135. https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2016.1241815