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Fridays for Future (FFF) demonstrations in Stockholm.
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The necessary and the possible: How social movements articulate, convey and negotiate visions of a fossil free and just future

Research project
Active research
Project size
7 416 871
Project period
2019 - 2023
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Financier
FORMAS

Short description

Social movements have historically been central drivers of societies’ progressive changes, including the advancement of democracy, gender equality, and the welfare state. Today, Swedish society may once again need the creative input of social movements to realize its ambitious climate goal of reaching net zero carbon emissionsby 2045; climate movement groups like Fridays For Future are forcefully claiming that role. At the same, it is not yet clear whether and how the visions of the climate movement will actually have an impact. Our aim is to show how social movements promote visions for a fossil-free welfare society, and move beyond a binary notion of accepting or rejecting these visions by unpacking at each stage of the diffusion process why activists, citizens or politicians end up in favour or against certain visions.

A radio interview with Mattias Wahlström

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Research News

Here you will find a sample of articles, publications, interviews and presentations connected to the project - in English and French. Switch to national page to include material in Swedish.

Interviews for International Media

Mattias Wahlström has been interviewed by the danish newspaper Information for the article "To år efter masseprotester: Nu skal klimabevægelsen genopfinde sig selv" (2021-09-24)
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Katrin Uba has been interviewed by DW Akademie for the article "Fridays for Future: Can they keep the pressure up?" (20-08-20)
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Katrin Uba has been interviewed by About The World for the article "How did teen climate activist Greta Thunberg rise to fame so quickly? (2019-10-10)
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Katrin Uba and Joost de Moor have been interviewed by Le Monde for the article "Greta! Will COVID-19 Make Or Break The "Climate Generation"?" (2020-09-03)
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Publications
Magnus Wennerhag, Kajsa Emilsson & Håkan Johansson (2020). ”Frame Disputes or Frame Consensus? ’Environment’ or ’Welfare’ First Amongst Climate Strike Protesters”. Sustainability 12(3): 882.
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Katrin Uba and Per Adman have written the article "Schoolchildren around the world are on climate strike. Here’s what you need to know." published in The Washington Post.
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Joost De Moor, Brian Doherty and Graeme Hayes (2018) have written the article "The ‘new’ climate politics of Extinction Rebellion?" published on opendemocracy.net
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Scientific Articles 
Anders Svensson and Mattias Wahlström "Climate change or what? Prognostic framing by Fridays for Future protesters". Social Movement Studies (2021-11-01)
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Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström and Michiel de Vydt  "New kids on the block: taking stock of the recent cycle of climate activism" (2020-10-28).
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Magnus Wennerhag, Kajsa Emilsson & Håkan Johansson. ”Frame Disputes or Frame Consensus? ’Environment’ or ’Welfare’ First Amongst Climate Strike Protesters”. Sustainability 12(3): 882. (2020-01-24)
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Joost de Moor, Katrin Uba, Mattias Wahlström, Magnus Wennerhag & Michiel de Vydt have written the report "Protest for a future II: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 20-27 September, 2019, in 19 cities around the world"  (2020-02-24)
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Mattias Wahlström, Piotr Kocyba, Michiel De Vydt & Joost de Moor have wirtten the report "Protest for a future: Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March, 2019 in 13 European cities" (2019-07-09)
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