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ERIC Number: EJ1227324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0026-4695
What Is the 'Social' in Climate Change Research? A Case Study on Scientific Representations from Chile
Billi, Marco; Blanco, Gustavo; Urquiza, Anahí
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy, v57 n3 p293-315 Sep 2019
Over the last few decades climate change has been gaining importance in international scientific and political debates. However, the social sciences, especially in Latin America, have only lately become interested in the subject and their approach is still vague. Scientific understanding of global environmental change and the process of designing public policies to face them are characterized by their complexity as well as by epistemic and normative uncertainties. This makes it necessary to problematize the way in which research efforts understand 'the social' of climate change. How do 'the climate' and 'the social' interpenetrate as scientific objects? What does the resulting field look like? Is the combination capable of promoting reflexivity and collaboration on the issue, or does it merely become dispersed with diffuse boundaries? Our paper seeks to answer these and other related questions using Chile as a case study and examining peer-reviewed scientific research on the topic. By combining in-depth qualitative content analysis of each paper with a statistical meta-analysis, we were able to: characterize the key content and forms of such literature; identify divisions and patterns within it; and, discuss some factors and trends that may help explain these. We conclude that the literature displays two competing trends: while it is inclined to become fragmented beyond the scope of the 'mitigation' black box, it also tends to cluster along the lines of methodological distinctions traditionally contested within the social sciences. This, in turn, highlights the persistence of disciplinary divisions within an allegedly interdisciplinary field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Chile