A post-structural feminist analysis of the contemporary framing of climate change

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This thesis examines the theoretical contributions of post-structural feminism related to the framing of climate change today. It is argued that post-structural feminism used as a lens is particularly relevant because it looks at power relationships; it interrogates binary divisions such as Nature/Culture or masculine/feminine and reflects upon the place of subjectivity and agency within the context of climate change. Lastly, it uses critical discourse analysis to interrogate fact construction and to deconstruct elements of languages. A case study of students from Radboud University in Nijmegen connects the theoretical framework and draws on classifications of discourses formerly established by Dryzek (2013) as well as Fleming et al. (2014). The quantitative data collected permits to unravel common perceptions of the environment and the ideas they vehiculate, making a connection with how the Scientific Revolution had impacted these throughout time, shaping the ways in which knowledge is structured but also leading to the emergence of dominant ideologies and the issues they represent e.g. exclusion and oppression of specific people. In parallel, the applications of the analytical lens are put under test in the data analysis. Finally, the implications of post-structural feminism and the outcomes of the research are being discussed as well as its limitations.
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