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Frame Disputes or Frame Consensus?: "Environment" or "Welfare" First Amongst Climate Strike Protesters
Lund University.
Lund University.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3886-0298
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 3, article id 882Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Present debates suppose a close linkage between economic, social, and environmental sustainability and suggest that individual wellbeing and living standards need to be understood as directly linked to environmental concerns. Because social movements are often seen as an avant-garde in pushing for change, this article analyzes climate protesters’ support for three key frames in current periods of social transformation, i.e., an "environmental", an "economic growth", and a "welfare" frame. The analyzed data material consists of survey responses from over 900 participants in six Global Climate Strikes held in Sweden during 2019. The article investigates the explanatory relevance of three factors: (a) political and ideological orientation, (b) movement involvement, and (c) social characteristics. The results indicate that climate protesters to a large degree support an environmental frame before an economic growth-oriented frame, whereas the situation is more complex regarding support for a welfare frame vis-á-vis an environmental frame. The strongest factors explaining frame support include social characteristics (gender) and protestors’ political and ideological orientation. Movement involvement has limited significance. The article shows how these frames form a fragment of the complexity of these issues, and instances of frame distinctions, hierarchies, and disputes emerge within the most current forms of climate change demonstrations.

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MDPI, 2020. Vol. 12, no 3, article id 882
Keywords [en]
global climate strike, demonstrations, environmental movement, frame support, frames, protest surveys, sustainability, sustainable welfare, Greta Thunberg, Fridays For Future
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Sociology
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40087DOI: 10.3390/su12030882Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85081234316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40087DiVA, id: diva2:1391020
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The new urban challenge: Models of Sustainable Welfare in Swedish metropolitan citiesThe necessary and the possible: How social movements articulate, convey and negotiate visions of a fossil‐free and just future
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 2016-00340Swedish Research Council Formas, 2019-01961Available from: 2020-02-03 Created: 2020-02-03 Last updated: 2020-03-31Bibliographically approved

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