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Politics of meaning : the impact of the Tasmanian Greens on environmental debate


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Gabriel, Michelle Bridget 1996 , 'Politics of meaning : the impact of the Tasmanian Greens on environmental debate', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis is about the 'politics of meaning' in the context of
environmental debate in Tasmania. The central argument is that
movement-generated political parties play a vital role in this politics,
particularly in generating new interpretations and new frames of
meaning. Party political actors operate from a privileged position within
'public arenas' and their participation within public debate differs
significantly from that of movement activists. Party formation entails the
politicisation and pragmatisation of debate, enhances the use of official
media strategies, results in a diffusion of issues and encourages
compliance with established political boundaries. These processes are
viewed as critical for the organisation of new frames of meaning into
more systematised and institutionalised knowledge.
The analytical framework for studying politics of meaning is developed
throughout chapters two and three. It is derived from three bodies of
literature: on new social movement and new political parties; on public
arenas; and on mass media. A distinction between social movement
organisations and political parties forms the basis for an argument that
these two play different roles in contests over meaning. Literature on
public arenas forms the basis of analysis of how meanings are circulated
and knowledge is contested in public domains. Literature on mass media
provides a source of concepts used in the analysis of framing and agenda
formation. Chapter four outlines a research strategy, and chapter five is a
case study of environmental debate in Tasmania. The coverage of the
Tasmanian Greens and environmental movement organisations is
examined over two key periods: before (1984) and after (1994) the
formation of Tasmanian Greens. Content analysis of The Mercury is
supplemented by analysis of internal movement media - the Tasmanian
Greens' journal The Daily Planet and the Wilderness Society's journal
Wilderness - as well as analysis of election campaign materials and policy
documents issued by the party. The level and mode of attracting media
attention, range and scope of issue agenda, and framing activities of social
movement activists and party officials are examined in the context of
environmental debate.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Gabriel, Michelle Bridget
Keywords: Green movement, Environmentalists, Environmental policy
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1996. Includes bibliographical references

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