Ecuador and the Chevron Case: Spinning Risk, Hazard and Reward

Juliet Pinto, Paola Prado, J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz

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This chapter focuses on Ecuadorian press coverage of the Chevron legal case in Ecuador, which arose out of allegations that indigenous populations suffered health hazards from decades of living in lands contaminated by petroleum extractive activities. A case study of the nexus of news values and environmental and health risk and hazard, it offers an opportunity to better comparatively understand the mediated social construction of claims-making during one of the biggest environmental legal battles in the world. Legal arenas provide ground for study of disproportionate risks in terms of actors, responsibility and credibility, as claims are picked up by media and repeated over time. These iterations have significance for public engagement, agency and debate over issues associated with risks to environmental and human health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPalgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication
ISSN (Print)2634-6451
ISSN (Electronic)2634-646X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Environmental Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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