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Politics and the Environment A discursive analysis to develop a potential contribution to sustainable development

Monte-Serrat, D.M.; Lushaj, B.

This research aims at studying the role played by ideology in the access and functioning of the inter-discourse about ecology and the environment through a discursive analysis of the ways that the State’s power uses to inscribe itself in the citizens’ memory. We argue that there is a regular practice in the State’s verbal and non-verbal discourse in an attempt to eliminate undesirable meanings and install a hypothetical transparency towards impartiality and objectivity. Such “impartiality” and “objectivity” in these discourses do not guarantee equality in the organization of social differences of citizens who use public spaces. Sometimes, although in charge of disseminating the meaning that ecology is a good thing and that it will promote equality, the State’s power brings inequality to this signification process. We use the Discourse Analysis Theory as a method to study the complexity of interactions, and we acknowledge that a study which establishes a framework in the ecotourism and sustainability fields can be successful as interdisciplinary research when it uses different languages and methodologies to enable us to understand potential contributions and to integrate data, ideas, and perspectives when we seek answers for sustainable development.

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