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“Glocal” and transversal engagement in youth social movements: a Twitter-based case study of Fridays For Future-Barcelona

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dc.contributor.author Terren, Ludovic
dc.contributor.author Soler-i-Martí, Roger
dc.date.accessioned 2021-08-24T06:50:17Z
dc.date.available 2021-08-24T06:50:17Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Terren L, Soler-i-Martí R. “Glocal” and transversal engagement in youth social movements: a Twitter-based case study of Fridays For Future-Barcelona. Frontiers in political science. 2021;3: 63582. DOI: 10.3389/fpos.2021.635822
dc.identifier.issn 2673-3145
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/48324
dc.description.abstract In the last decade, there has been a significant rise in the number of global social movements, generating claims of a new networked era of global social movements, in which young people often play a central role. Young generations and social movements tend to identify with a diverse set of social and political issues on both a global and local scale, while often displaying a progressive and transversal outlook. Among these youth social movements, we find Fridays For Future, a youth climate organization noted for its unique scope and tactics as well as for illustrating the prominence of environmental issues in youth activism. Since 2018, the movement has progressively grown into a network composed of many local and national groups across the world. Beyond analysis of the global character of the movement and the profile and motivations of its activists, it seems opportune to look at how—at the organizational level—these local groups evolve and position themselves. Based on a social network and a content analysis of Fridays For FutureBarcelona’s Twitter account since its creation, this article explores the organization’s “glocal” and transversal dynamics, the relationship that might exist between these two, and the potential influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on these processes. The results show that, stemming from a global preoccupation for climate change, this Youth Climate Movement organization has been increasingly oriented towards local-level networking, anchoring its activism in local struggles and realities. They also show a positively-associated process—reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic—of increasing transversality, reflecting aspirations for global justice and the idea of an interdependency between climate change and other social, political and economic issues.
dc.description.sponsorship This article is based on data from two research projects on the Fridays For Future movement: YouGECA (Youth Global Engagement for Climate Action) funded by the PlanetaryWellbeing2019 UPF programme, and #4F (Hashtags For Future) funded by the AJOVE2019-AGAUR.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Frontiers
dc.relation.ispartof Frontiers in political science. 2021;3: 63582
dc.rights © 2021 Terren and Soler-i-Martí. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title “Glocal” and transversal engagement in youth social movements: a Twitter-based case study of Fridays For Future-Barcelona
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpos.2021.635822
dc.subject.keyword Global social movements
dc.subject.keyword Fridays for future
dc.subject.keyword Climate change
dc.subject.keyword Social media
dc.subject.keyword Glocal
dc.subject.keyword Local
dc.subject.keyword Twitter
dc.subject.keyword Transversality
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