Framing civil disobedience as an accessible and necessary solution to the climate change conflict

University essay from Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle

Abstract: This thesis aims to investigate the strategies used by the climate justice movement in their effort to challenge a dominant societal discourse of decontextualisation and depolitisation of anthropogenic climate change. The thesis works with the perspective of decontextualisation and depolitisation of anthropogenic climate change as some of the main discursive barriers to actions for mitigation of climate change. Subsequently the thesis investigates the climate justice movement's framing of a 'climate justice' discourse and the framing of civil disobedience as a necessary and approachable tool for climate justice. These framings and strategies of the climate justice movement are investigated through a case study on the German initiative of 'Ende Gelände'. This is done through a critical, three-dimensional discourse analysis, based on methodological perspectives from Fairclough. The analysis further utilise theoretical frameworks of Gramsci's conceptions of hegemony and the 'war of positions', as well as theoretical frameworks on climate change communications including Lakoff's conception of Environmental Hypocognition, Susanne Moser's concept of an 'affective reality' of climate change, also including perspectives from Robert Brulle on environmnetal communication and the role of social movements in discursive processes of social and political change. The thesis ultimately presents how the climate justice movement creates a framing of 'conflict' and lacking accountability from power-holders that serves to challenge a hegemonic decontextualisation and depolitisation of anthropogenic climate change. Subsequently creating a deradicalised and community centered framing of civil disobedience as a possible, accesible and neccesarry tool for climate justice.

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