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Climate change by any other name: Social representations and language practices of coastal inhabitants on Mayotte Island in the Indian Ocean

Damienne Provitolo

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As population-related climate change research increases, so does the need to nuance approaches to this complex phenomenon, including issues related to cultural and linguistic translations. To explore how climate change is understood in understudied societies, a case-study approach is taken to address social representations of climate change by inhabitants of a Maore village in the French island of Mayotte. The study explores how local fishers understand the issue when considering observed environmental changes. Based on analyses of 30 interviews, the study found that social representations and related climate change discourses are not well established, except for individuals in close contact with French institutions. Issues regarding local culture and language reveal the importance of understanding the different components of climate change. Climate change communication and awareness-raising on the island are explored, as well as considerations of culturally and linguistically complex settings with a Global North/Global South interface.
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hal-04528710 , version 1 (02-04-2024)

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Miki Mori, Esméralda Longépée, Gaëlle Lefer-Sauvage, Arnaud Banos, Nicolas Becu, et al.. Climate change by any other name: Social representations and language practices of coastal inhabitants on Mayotte Island in the Indian Ocean. Public Understanding of Science, 2024, ⟨10.1177/09636625241235375⟩. ⟨hal-04528710⟩
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