Climate Change, Securitization and Greta Thunberg

Detta är en Master-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: This thesis is a discourse analysis of Greta Thunberg’s rhetoric on climate change. Its aim is to describe how securitization of climate change are reflected. It is important to understand how security and threats are formulated in society today. The theoretical framework builds on a social constructivist approach and the Copenhagen School of securitization. The analysed material consist of speeches from Greta Thunberg. The case is particularly interesting since it do not regard a regular securitizing actor. The study deepens the understanding of the vital rhetorical elements of securitization of climate change. It describes what Greta Thunberg points out as the existential threat and referent object in securitization of climate change. It also discusses the possibility to determine full securitization within the frames of the Copenhagen School which is a main critique against the theory. By discussing the character of securitization the thesis unavoidably discusses the character of democracy and politization of important issues. The Copenhagen Schools offers new interesting perspectives on Greta Thunberg’s speeches.

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