The role of mass media in the construction of debated environmental issues is discussed, with reference to biodiversity conservation policies. The articles in a local daily newspaper (Il Tirreno) about the designation of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park in Italy have been content analyzed, before and after the park designation. In a quantitative study, two lexical correspondence analyses were conducted, on the titles and bodies of a selection of articles, respectively. A qualitative content analysis of the selected material was also performed to deepen and broaden the quantitative study. Results revealed the salience of a local-regional political conflict in the representation of the park designation, with particular emphasis on the issue of local identity: Local activism appears to function as a territorial defense against external intrusion from a centralized authority. This authority is perceived as limiting the interests and freedom of local communities. The implications of the results are discussed. © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Local mass media communication and environmental disputes: An analysis of press communication on the designation of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park in Italy / Giuseppe, Carrus; Francesca, Cini; Bonaiuto, Marino; A., Mauro. - In: SOCIETY & NATURAL RESOURCES. - ISSN 0894-1920. - 22:7(2009), pp. 607-624. [10.1080/08941920802112734]

Local mass media communication and environmental disputes: An analysis of press communication on the designation of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park in Italy

BONAIUTO, Marino;
2009

Abstract

The role of mass media in the construction of debated environmental issues is discussed, with reference to biodiversity conservation policies. The articles in a local daily newspaper (Il Tirreno) about the designation of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park in Italy have been content analyzed, before and after the park designation. In a quantitative study, two lexical correspondence analyses were conducted, on the titles and bodies of a selection of articles, respectively. A qualitative content analysis of the selected material was also performed to deepen and broaden the quantitative study. Results revealed the salience of a local-regional political conflict in the representation of the park designation, with particular emphasis on the issue of local identity: Local activism appears to function as a territorial defense against external intrusion from a centralized authority. This authority is perceived as limiting the interests and freedom of local communities. The implications of the results are discussed. © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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