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Anti-environmentalism and the Australian culture war

Ferguson, Peter 2009, Anti-environmentalism and the Australian culture war, Journal of Australian studies, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 289-304, doi: 10.1080/14443050903079680.

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Title Anti-environmentalism and the Australian culture war
Author(s) Ferguson, Peter
Journal name Journal of Australian studies
Volume number 33
Issue number 3
Start page 289
End page 304
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1444-3058
1835-6419
Keyword(s) Australian politics
environmental politics
culture wars
neoliberalism
discourse analysis
Summary As well as waging a culture war against Aboriginal self-determination, multiculturalism, postmodernism in education, and the non-nuclear family, the New Right in Australia has also sought to discredit the environmental movement. Using discourse analysis, this article examines this largely neglected dimension of the culture war. It is demonstrated that for over twenty years, the New Right has prosecuted a discursive struggle to undermine the claims of environmentalists in order to legitimise a set of ecologically and socially destructive corporate practices; and that this partly accounts for Australia's recent poor record on environmental issues. It is also shown that this campaign fits into a broader pattern of discursive conflict over issues of gender and ethnicity which have been deployed to disorganise and discredit opposition to radical neoliberalism. This analysis in turn reveals some ways in which anti-environmentalism might be countered.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14443050903079680
Field of Research 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2009, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078727

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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