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Framing a Climate Crisis: A descriptive framing analysis of how Greta Thunberg inspired the masses to take to the streets
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

During the twenty-first century attention towards climate change and its consequences has increased significantly and somehow it reached its peak when young activist Greta Thunberg started what has become one of the largest movements for the climate in 2018. Her school strike has created debate and given rise to demonstrations and collective actions around the globe. The purpose of this study is therefore to bring clarity to the framing processes which has contributed to this development. Consequently, this analysis has been conducted through a descriptive framing analysis with a focus on what frames Greta Thunberg has used to describe climate change, including a description of her goal with the strikes and a discussion of features associated with mass mobilisation. Building on the theoretical framework from social movement researchers Robert D. Benford and David A. Snow the results have revealed three main frames; a crisis frame, a parental frame and a hierarchical frame as well as features within Thunberg’s message has been discovered which ad insights to Benford and Snow’s discussion of what can create resonant frames. By describing how Thunberg has framed her cause this study concludes that the coherence between her actions, behaviour as well as who she is in relation to her frames has contributed to a message that emphasises collective and/or self-efficacy which encourages people to follow her lead. 

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2020. , p. 38
Keywords [en]
Social Movements, Framing, Greta Thunberg, Participation, Mobilization, Fridays for Future, Climate change
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Globalisation Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402643OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-402643DiVA, id: diva2:1386491
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Development Studies
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Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies
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Available from: 2020-01-20 Created: 2020-01-17 Last updated: 2020-01-20Bibliographically approved

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