Date of Award
Christina R. Foust
Mary Claire Loftus
Agency, Climate movement, Identity, Rhetoric, Social movement, Twitter
Youth climate activist Greta Thunberg sat alone on the steps of the Swedish Parliament building in September of 2018, holding a bold black and white sign and demanding action be taken in the face of the climate crisis. Ever since, her activism and Twitter presence have sparked media attention, catalyzed youth activists globally to organize marches and strike from school, and have drawn critique. This thesis employs McKerrow’s (1989) critical rhetoric to uncover dominant discourses within tweets that undermine Thunberg based on identity and to explore the potential that Thunberg’s Twitter presence might or might not hold for future youth activist response to similar critique. I highlight implications of Thunberg’s Twitter presence on her own and other youth activist’s agency and on the collective identity of Fridays for Future, as well as pose questions that Thunberg’s Twitter presence raises for the potential of a more intersectional, networked youth climate movement.
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Weadock, Carina Robin, "@GretaThunberg: Navigating Critique and Identity Within Youth Climate Activism on Twitter" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1861.
Received from ProQuest
Carina Robin Weadock