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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Disjointed cosmopolitanism: Climate change and lived experience in Portland, Oregon
by Flinn, Stephen Wayne, M.S., Portland State University, 2012, 193; 1547614
Abstract (Summary)

Climate change has emerged as one of the most significant issues facing the world. This research endeavored to uncover and describe the lived experience of Portland, Oregon residents in relation to the substantive issue of climate change. The specific purpose of this research was to gain a better understanding of the ways that Portland residents conceive of and communicate about climate change. Utilizing semi-structured phenomenological interviews, particular attention was paid to the culture of Portland residents, their lived experience and how the issue of climate change manifests itself in their everyday experiences. In addition, this particular phenomenological inquiry incorporated elements of auto ethnography by positioning the researcher`s experiences, imagination and intellect at the center of the research endeavor. Multiple themes emerged from the in-depth, descriptive interviews that helped to reveal the structure or essence of the participant`s experience(s). A single meta-theme was identified and informed by contemporary theories such as Cosmopolitanism and the Environmental Justice Paradigm.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kapoor, Priya
Commitee: Carey, Chris, Poulsen, Susan
School: Portland State University
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental philosophy, Climate Change, Communication
Keywords: Auto ethnography, Cosmopolitanism, Inequality, Phenomenology, Portland, Sustainable development
Publication Number: 1547614
ISBN: 978-1-303-49620-2
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