First Advisor

Priya Kapoor

Date of Publication

Fall 10-4-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication






Climatic changes -- Social aspects -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Environmental justice -- Social aspects -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies, Cosmopolitanism -- Social aspects -- Oregon -- Portland -- Case studies



Physical Description

1 online resource (ii, 190 pages)


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.


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