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ISSN 0102-8529 (Impresso)
1982-0240 (Online)
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Vol. 39, N° 2, 2017

Brazil’s Discourse on the Environment in the International Arena, 1972-1992

Antonio Teixeira de Barros


Abstract

In this article, I analyse key statements by the Brazilian government about environmental issues during two important decades, from 1972 to 1992. I identify the specific subjects addressed by Brazilian spokespersons, and the rhetorical strategies they adopted for doing so. I conclude that these spokespersons largely adopted a defensive posture in response to mounting international pressures on a range of environmental issues, while using various rhetorical devices to highlight the positive dimension of the government’s environmental policies and initiatives.

Keywords: Environment; International Relations; Environmental Discourse; Brazil.

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