A discursive review of the textual use of ‘trapped’ in environmental migration studies: The conceptual birth and troubled teenage years of trapped populations

Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja, Smith, Christopher D and Kniveton, Dominic (2018) A discursive review of the textual use of ‘trapped’ in environmental migration studies: The conceptual birth and troubled teenage years of trapped populations. Ambio, 47 (5). pp. 557-573. ISSN 0044-7447

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Abstract

First mooted in 2011, the concept of Trapped Populations referring to people unable to move from environmentally high-risk areas broadened the study of human responses to environmental change. While a seemingly straightforward concept, the underlying discourses around the reasons for being ‘trapped’, and the language describing the concept have profound influences on the way in which policy and practice approaches the needs of populations at risk from environmental stresses and shocks. In this article, we apply a Critical Discourse Analysis to the academic literature on the subject to reveal some of the assumptions implicit within discussing ‘trapped’ populations. The analysis reveals a dominant school of thought that assisted migration, relocation, and resettlement in the face of climate change are potentially effective adaptation strategies along a gradient of migrant agency and governance.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Climate change; Critical Discourse Analysis; Environmental migration; Immobility; Textual analysis; Trapped Populations
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography > HB0848 Demography. Population. Vital events > HB1951 Population geography. Migration
Depositing User: Sonja Rosina Ayeb-Karlsson
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 12:08
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2018 09:59
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/73537

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