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Reformism and radicalism in the Climate Camp in Britain: Benign coexistence, tensions and prospects for bridging

Saunders, Clare (2012) Reformism and radicalism in the Climate Camp in Britain: Benign coexistence, tensions and prospects for bridging Environmental Politics

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Using data from in-depth interviews of Climate Campers attending the Kingsnorth 2008 Camp, participant observation and documents written by participants, this article illustrates the tension that developed between reformists and radicals within the Climate Camp in Britain. It finds that, contrary to surface appearances and expectations gleaned from previous studies of environmental direct action groups, Climate Campers do not share a radical approach. The consequent drift towards reformism has caused tension and has undoubtedly contributed to the demise of Climate Camp as a national network. One way to avoid future tension might be for all participants to recognise the value of a multi-pronged approach to solving climate change. Allowing the Camp to act as a bridging organisation would reduce potential for fragmentation and collapse.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2012
Keywords: climate camps, radicalism, reformism, coalitions, environmental movement
Organisations: Politics & International Relations


Local EPrints ID: 207255
ISSN: 0964-4016
PURE UUID: ad812963-10f5-406c-982f-a66636adf10e

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Date deposited: 09 Jan 2012 16:44
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:50

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Author: Clare Saunders

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