“Where Is Global Warming When You Need It?” The Role of Immediacy in Vernacular Constructions of Climate Change


Diane E. Goldstein (Indiana University)

Lessons learned in the exploration of scientific assumptions about lay knowledge of medicine suggest that experts frequently disregard the ability of laypeople to absorb information and therefore ignore lay patterns in thinking and interpretation which may be crucial in policy endeavours. This paper explores a range of lay perspectives on climate change identifying patterns in the role of immediacy (in space, time, and personal lifestyle) in vernacular understandings of climate change.

Part of 22-08 Climate Change Temporalities , Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm