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Defend Mother Earth! And Sign My Petition? Metaphors, Tactics, and Environmental Movement Organizations
Galindez, Kyle R

2014, MA, University of Cincinnati, Arts and Sciences: Sociology.
Social movement scholars studying environmental organizations find that an organization’s goals, tactics, and other factors are partially determined by how the organization interprets the natural world and the place of humans within it. Other scholars note that the concept of nature is expressed through metaphor, which often has consequences for how we act toward the natural world. In this project, I suggest that differences in tactics within the environmental movement may be explained by how an organization makes use of nature metaphors. Drawing from framing theory, I conduct a qualitative discourse analysis of documents made available on the websites of two environmental movement organizations: Earth First! and the Sierra Club. These organizations were selected to reflect differences in tactics. Findings indicate that the use of nature metaphors influences how an organization defines environmental problems, but does not determine the organization’s tactical decisions. These results indicate that ideas about nature are less influential in shaping the tactical decisions of environmental organizations and that other factors must be considered as well.
Annulla Linders, Ph.D. (Committee Chair)
Adrian Parr, Ph.D. M.A. (Committee Member)
55 p.

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Galindez, Kyle. "Defend Mother Earth! And Sign My Petition? Metaphors, Tactics, and Environmental Movement Organizations." Electronic Thesis or Dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2014. OhioLINK Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center. 22 Nov 2017.

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