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The discourse of adaptation

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posted on 2022-10-05, 17:40 authored by Jesse Auspitz
This research paper explores the discourse of municipal climate change adaptation in the context of planning. Dryzek's criteria are used which analyzes 4 dimensions of a discourse: basic entitites; assumptions about natural relationships; agents and their motives; and, key metaphors and other rhetorical devices. Policies are analyzed from two municipalities in Canada: Toronto, Ontario and Halifax Regional Municipality. Analysis reveals climate change is assumed to already happening and requires action; a hierarchy of vulnerable "objects" including the city, citizens, ecoystems that need protection from a "subject" or the city; experts and government have the responsibility to educate the public; and rhetorical devices suggest urgency which can be used to reinforce a system of hierarchy that alienates citizens from the process.





Master of Planning


Urban Development

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type