An analysis of the political rhetoric of South African President Jacob Zuma's speeches on climate change

 

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisor Saleh, Ibrahim en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Govender, Dayaneethi en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-10T06:45:55Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-10T06:45:55Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Govender, D. 2015. An analysis of the political rhetoric of South African President Jacob Zuma's speeches on climate change. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13683
dc.description.abstract Climate change has a global impact on all sectors of life including politics and the economy; health and food security, social justice and media. There are stark contrasts in the political and scientific debates on climate change. The economic impacts have already gripped the attention of both the political elite and science community, who also recognise the threats on the survival of the human population. Recent global climate change meetings such as the COPs are an indication that politics, and not necessarily science, is at the centre of this environmental challenge. In politics, policy debates are arguments over actions. It is therefore important to understand how the SA government communicates climate change given its status as a leading force in Africa and its insurmountable socio-economic challenges. With a theoretical understanding of Moral Foundation Theory, Steve Vanderheiden’s political theory that addresses climate change justice and framing theory and textual analysis, the researcher analyses President Jacob Zuma’s climate change speeches during COP to identify master narratives, given the president’s visibility and political direction at these high level meetings. This dissertation contributes to the lack of scholarship on how the president communicates climate change within the communication field and general shortage of presidential rhetoric in Africa. Zuma’s rhetoric on climate change indicates that SA’s priority is economic development and this will not be compromised by climate change policy that halts growth in developing nations. Zuma is clear that common but differentiated responsibilities must remain the cornerstone of climate change policy, if fairness, balance and equity are to be realised. He stands by this argument despite growing GHG emissions from some of the developing nations, including South Africa. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Political Communication en_ZA
dc.title An analysis of the political rhetoric of South African President Jacob Zuma's speeches on climate change en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Film and Media Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
uct.type.filetype Text
uct.type.filetype Image
dc.identifier.apacitation Govender, D. (2015). <i>An analysis of the political rhetoric of South African President Jacob Zuma's speeches on climate change</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Film and Media Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13683 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Govender, Dayaneethi. <i>"An analysis of the political rhetoric of South African President Jacob Zuma's speeches on climate change."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Film and Media Studies, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13683 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Govender D. An analysis of the political rhetoric of South African President Jacob Zuma's speeches on climate change. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Film and Media Studies, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13683 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Govender, Dayaneethi AB - Climate change has a global impact on all sectors of life including politics and the economy; health and food security, social justice and media. There are stark contrasts in the political and scientific debates on climate change. The economic impacts have already gripped the attention of both the political elite and science community, who also recognise the threats on the survival of the human population. Recent global climate change meetings such as the COPs are an indication that politics, and not necessarily science, is at the centre of this environmental challenge. In politics, policy debates are arguments over actions. It is therefore important to understand how the SA government communicates climate change given its status as a leading force in Africa and its insurmountable socio-economic challenges. With a theoretical understanding of Moral Foundation Theory, Steve Vanderheiden’s political theory that addresses climate change justice and framing theory and textual analysis, the researcher analyses President Jacob Zuma’s climate change speeches during COP to identify master narratives, given the president’s visibility and political direction at these high level meetings. This dissertation contributes to the lack of scholarship on how the president communicates climate change within the communication field and general shortage of presidential rhetoric in Africa. Zuma’s rhetoric on climate change indicates that SA’s priority is economic development and this will not be compromised by climate change policy that halts growth in developing nations. Zuma is clear that common but differentiated responsibilities must remain the cornerstone of climate change policy, if fairness, balance and equity are to be realised. He stands by this argument despite growing GHG emissions from some of the developing nations, including South Africa. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - An analysis of the political rhetoric of South African President Jacob Zuma's speeches on climate change TI - An analysis of the political rhetoric of South African President Jacob Zuma's speeches on climate change UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13683 ER - en_ZA


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record