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Why do people read climate fiction? An interview-based investigation

Schulte-Frankenfeld, M. (2022) Why do people read climate fiction? An interview-based investigation.

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Abstract:Recently, literature assumes cli-fi to support its readers in dealing with the climate crisis, indicating that it is important to investigate why people start reading such books in the first place. Therefore, this study analyzed the reasons, people express to engage in reading cli-fi. Drawing on a Thematic Analysis (TA) of 10 interviews, seven different themes displaying the construction of reasons to engage in reading cli-fi were identified. As most relevant findings, this study depicts the high frequencies of the themes “Recommendations” and “Availability”, indicating that aspects independent from individual characteristics of cli-fi books specifically, seem to play a role in how participants constructed these reasons. While all participants expressed recommendations as a reason to get involved with cli-fi books, the frequency of other reasons varied a lot among the participants, indicating differences in their psychological motivations. Further, especially marketing strategies such as search algorithms or bestseller lists seem to play a role in determining whether people engage in cli-fi reading. However, the results in this thesis should be approached carefully due to limitations such as a small sample size, indicating that further research is needed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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