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A 2019 dissertation supervised by C. Tulloch has been published in Media, Culture and Society

A 2019 dissertation supervised by C. Tulloch has been published in Media, Culture and Society

One of the 2019 student's final dissertations of M.A. in International Studies on Media, Power and Difference, "Rebel with a cause: the framing of climate change and intergenerational justice in the German press treatment of the Fridays for Future protests", by Lena von Zabern and professor and CritiCC's member Christopher Tulloch (supervisor of the final project), has been published in the journal Media, Culture and Society

 

21.10.2020

 

The dissertation had been previously awarded First Prize as Best Final Master Porjects on Planetary Wellbeing 2019 at UPF. 

 

Abstract:

This study investigates the representation of the Fridays for Future strikes in the German online newspapers Bild.de, Zeit Online and FAZ.net. Through a qualitative and quantitative content analysis over the time period August 2018 to March 2019, eight frames have been identified. Whereas Zeit Online shows a framing towards intergenerational justice, the coverage of FAZ.net and Bild.de strongly adheres to the protest paradigm. The majority of all articles guarantees protesters a voice, but this voice is often reduced to apolitical testimonies and the protesters’ self-agency is undermined through disparagement. German media coverage thus tends to reproduce existing power structures by marginalizing and depoliticizing the political agenda of a system critical protest. Although this framing feeds into the shift of the climate change discourse towards adaptation, the study shows that the idea of climate change as an issue of intergenerational justice and children’s rights has become part of the media’s agenda.

The article is available here: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0163443720960923

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