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category: peer-reviewed article

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Framing “the climate issue”: Patterns of participation and prognostic frames among climate summit protestors

author(s) | Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag and Christopher Rootes

journal | Global Environmental Politics

publication year | 2013

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abstract | Who protests at climate summits? We analyze responses to surveys of three large demonstrations in Copenhagen, Brussels and London, organized in connection with the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference (COP-15) in order to determine who demonstrated, and how and why the collective action frames employed by demonstrators varied. The demonstrations were products of the mobilization of broad coalitions of groups, and we find significant variation in the demonstrators’ prognostic framings, most notably a tension between system-critical and more individual action-oriented framings. A large proportion of demonstrators expressed affinity with the global justice movement (GJM), but we find little evidence of an emerging “climate justice” frame among rank-and-file protesters. The individual variations in framing may be attributed in part to differences between the mobilization contexts of the three demonstrations, the perspectives and values of individual participants, and the extent of their identification with the GJM.

country project | The Netherlands

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