How does Extinction Rebellion engage with climate justice? A case study of XR Norwich

Smiles, Tom and Edwards, Gareth A. S. (2021) How does Extinction Rebellion engage with climate justice? A case study of XR Norwich. Local Environment, 26 (12). pp. 1445-1460. ISSN 1354-9839

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Extinction Rebellion (XR) has rapidly risen to prominence in the last two years, but in part because of the group’s meteoric rise, there are relatively few academic analyses of it. This paper draws on collective-action framing theory to examine the engagement of one XR group–XR Norwich–with notions of climate justice. Drawing on ten in-depth interviews conducted in mid-2019, it argues that despite general concern for the global South, XR Norwich members mostly framed climate change in terms more reminiscent of mainstream environmental policy makers, rather than the radical climate justice movement. This raises questions about the extent to which XR Norwich engages their members on climate justice concerns, whether XR Norwich is more concerned with generating appeal instead of offering radical solutions, and whether such a strategy might lead to factionalism within the broader XR movement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: extinction rebellion,climate justice,framing,geography, planning and development,management, monitoring, policy and law,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2021 00:08
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 10:49
DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2021.1974367


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