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ERIC Number: EJ999649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 21
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Discursive Obstruction and Elite Opposition to Environmental Activism in the Czech Republic
Shriver, Thomas E.; Adams, Alison E.; Cable, Sherry
Social Forces, v91 n3 p873-893 Mar 2013
Extant research on social movements has highlighted activists' discursive tactics to challenge the state, yet little analytical attention focuses on elite efforts to dominate the discourse arena through the deployment of oppositional frames. This paper analyzes elite oppositional framing surrounding the placement of a highway bypass in the Czech Republic. Our research examines how democratic states deploy oppositional frames and enlist elite countermovement support for their efforts to obstruct challenges. Using a range of data sources, we delineate the mechanisms used by these elite actors to vilify and stigmatize environmental activists, paving the way for more violent forms of public harassment. The concept we initiate, "discursive obstruction", adds the critical dimension of power relations to analyses of both framing processes and discursive opportunity structures. We conclude by discussing the implications of our results for social movement research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic