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Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism

Breaking the Law to Change the World

Authors: Berglund, Oscar, Schmidt, Daniel

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  • Engages with both the forms and discourses of protest and the broader political economy that these protests act within and against
  • Provides a timely critical engagement with broad appeal about a timely,  issue and fills a key gap in the climate mobilization literature
  • Offers new audiences an engagement with the tactics and strategies of climate change activism in a historical and political context
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This book summarises and critiques Extinction Rebellion (XR) as a social movement organisation, engaging with key issues surrounding its analysis, strategy and tactics. The authors suggest that XR have an underdeveloped and apolitical view of the kind of change necessary to address climate change, and that while this enables the building of broad movements, it is also an obstacle to achieving the systemic change that they are aiming for.

The book analyses different forms of protest and the role of civil disobedience in their respective success or failure; democratic demands and practices; and activist engagement with the political economy of climate change. It engages with a range of theoretical perspectives that address law-breaking in protest and participatory forms of democracy including liberal political theory; anarchism and forms of historical materialism, and will be of interest to students and scholars across politics, international relations, sociology, policy studies and geography, as well as those interested in climate change politics and activism. 

About the authors

Oscar Berglund is Lecturer in International Public and Social Policy at the University of Bristol, UK.
Daniel Schmidt is a MSc graduate in Public Policy from the University of Bristol, UK.

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"We rarely witness the formation of a new social movement. In 2019, Extinction Rebellion surprised the world with its radical action against climate change.  But does the movement understand global capitalism and the political economy of climate change? Find out about the challenges that XR face in the new war over the meaning of sustainability, in this exhaustive critical exploration of XR."-Dr Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, Reader in Sociology, University of Bath

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism
Book Subtitle
Breaking the Law to Change the World
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-48359-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-48359-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-48358-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 109
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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