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The role of narrative in environmental law: the nature of tales and tales of nature

Hilson, C. (2022) The role of narrative in environmental law: the nature of tales and tales of nature. Journal of Environmental Law, 34 (1). pp. 1-24. ISSN 0952-8873

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While narrative is a much-used term in environmental law scholarship, it is often used rather indiscriminately and interchangeably with other terms such as framing and discourse. The current article sets out to examine the various ways in which narrative features in the existing literature with a view to encouraging more critical and reflective usage. It also advocates for narrative, both to connect with the marginalised and to inject passion and emotion into environmental law – elements that can easily be lost in a discipline heavy with legislation and case law turning on fine aspects of legal doctrine. However, in the end it argues the need for a careful balance, with narrative and emotion playing a part, but not stealing the show.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Law
ID Code:102156
Publisher:Oxford University Press


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