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Title: The Climate Justice Community: Theoretical Radicals and Practical Pragmatists?
Author(s): Schapper, Andrea
Wallbott, Linda
Glaab, Katharina
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Keywords: Climate justice
civil society
international organisations
climate practices
human rights
Issue Date: 3-Jul-2023
Date Deposited: 25-Jan-2024
Citation: Schapper A, Wallbott L & Glaab K (2023) The Climate Justice Community: Theoretical Radicals and Practical Pragmatists?. <i>Global Society</i>, 37 (3), pp. 397-419.
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to promote a better understanding of the link between normative climate justice claims—originating in Political Theory and Philosophy—and concrete social practices of the climate justice movement active at the international climate negotiations. We argue that the climate justice movement can be understood as a community of practice. Empirically, we zoom into this community of practice and comparatively analyse three case studies on human rights networks, faith-based groups and gender justice advocates. Methodologically, our analysis is based on a review of primary and secondary documents, participatory observations and expert interviews at the climate negotiations in Warsaw (2013), Bonn (2014), and Paris (2015) and via skype/phone (2013–2016). Our analysis reveals that each network within the community of practice, even those with more radical objectives minimise the demands formulated at the outset in order to successfully cooperate with state negotiators.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13600826.2022.2155115
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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