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Juha Ridanpää (2022) ‘Carbon footprint nationalism’: re-conceptualizing Finnish nationalism and national pride through climate change discourse, National Identities, 24:4, 429-446, DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2021.1937974

‘Carbon footprint nationalism’ : re-conceptualizing Finnish nationalism and national pride through climate change discourse

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Author: Ridanpää, Juha1
Organizations: 1Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-12-01


During recent years media discussion over the gravity of climate change has increased rapidly. One of the most used bywords has been ‘carbon footprint’, a concept with a moral appeal to global responsibility and a sense of global environmental togetherness. However, ‘carbon footprint responsibility’ cannot be separated from nationalistically loaded affects and their representations but instead it has effected new articulations that support state-centric ideologies, offering a fresh starting point for re-conceptualizing the theories of nationalism. This article analyses how the Finnish media constructs a contradictory discourse in which the moral debate over carbon footprint responsibility merges with nationalistically loaded argumentation.

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Series: National identities
ISSN: 1460-8944
ISSN-E: 1469-9907
ISSN-L: 1460-8944
Volume: 24
Issue: 4
Pages: 429 - 446
DOI: 10.1080/14608944.2021.1937974
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
518 Media and communications
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.