Being(s) framed: The means and ends of framing environmental migrants

H Ranson-Cooper, C Farbotko, K McNamara, Fanny THORNTON, E Chevalier

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This paper presents an evolving typology of frames - filters of sense-making - to unpack how actors are interpreting and responding to the issue of environmental migration. We use frame analysis to draw attention to how a variety of actors define the boundaries of environmental migration, both intentionally and unintentionally, and how this generates interpretations and directions for policy action. In particular, we identify and discuss four unique framings of the environmental migrant notable in popular policy and academic debate: victims, security threats, adaptive agents and political subjects. Although not always consistently deployed by the same actors, and often hybridised, we argue that the four framings highlight different political, ideological and practical beliefs associated with particular interests and normative assumptions. The paper uses a qualitative, interpretive approach suited to understanding over-arching, macrocultural frames. We explore how key actors produce, communicate and legitimise each framing, discuss the ramifications of such and highlight major apparent critiques. We conclude that despite the four framings identified by us, scope of debate concerning environmental migration is marked by continued dynamism. Within this context, the frame perspective may stimulate greater reflexivity about assumptions and blindspots about this complex phenomenon to ground debate and action, in an arena that often relies on high-level and abstract language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-115
Number of pages10
JournalGlobal Environmental Change
Volume35
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Ranson-Cooper, H ; Farbotko, C ; McNamara, K ; THORNTON, Fanny ; Chevalier, E. / Being(s) framed: The means and ends of framing environmental migrants. In: Global Environmental Change. 2015 ; Vol. 35. pp. 106-115.
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In: Global Environmental Change, Vol. 35, 2015, p. 106-115.

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