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Civil anarchizing for the common good : culturally patterned politics of legitimacy in the climate justice movement.

(2019) VOLUNTAS. 30(2). p.327-341
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This article presents an ethnographic study of the case of Ende Gelände (EG), a German civil disobedience network undertaking action for climate justice. We reveal how a politics of legitimacy in civil society organizations such as EG are structured and constructed through different styles of civic action. Specifically, in our case study, a dominant pattern of ‘civil anarchizing’ (CA) emerged, in which legitimacy was continuously negotiated in relation to both external and internal stakeholders. This CA style was also accompanied by a more individual-centered style that we call personalized politics (PP). We compare both styles and describe the tensions that result from their co-occurrence. In addition, we argue that the CA style might be more viable for politicization due to its emphasis on a collective strategy. Finally, we describe how this CA style shaped the participants’ politics of legitimacy by functioning as a negotiated hybrid of civil and uncivil expectations.
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civic action, legitimacy, climate justice, activism, ethnography

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Vandepitte, Ewoud, Frédéric Vandermoere, and Lesley Hustinx. 2019. “Civil Anarchizing for the Common Good : Culturally Patterned Politics of Legitimacy in the Climate Justice Movement.” Voluntas 30 (2): 327–341.
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Vandepitte, E., Vandermoere, F., & Hustinx, L. (2019). Civil anarchizing for the common good : culturally patterned politics of legitimacy in the climate justice movement. VOLUNTAS, 30(2), 327–341.
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Vandepitte E, Vandermoere F, Hustinx L. Civil anarchizing for the common good : culturally patterned politics of legitimacy in the climate justice movement. VOLUNTAS. 2019;30(2):327–41.
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Vandepitte, Ewoud, Frédéric Vandermoere, and Lesley Hustinx. “Civil Anarchizing for the Common Good : Culturally Patterned Politics of Legitimacy in the Climate Justice Movement.” VOLUNTAS 30.2 (2019): 327–341. Print.
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  abstract     = {This article presents an ethnographic study of the case of Ende Gelände (EG), a German civil disobedience network undertaking action for climate justice. We reveal how a politics of legitimacy in civil society organizations such as EG are structured and constructed through different styles of civic action. Specifically, in our case study, a dominant pattern of ‘civil anarchizing’ (CA) emerged, in which legitimacy was continuously negotiated in relation to both external and internal stakeholders. This CA style was also accompanied by a more individual-centered style that we call personalized politics (PP). We compare both styles and describe the tensions that result from their co-occurrence. In addition, we argue that the CA style might be more viable for politicization due to its emphasis on a collective strategy. Finally, we describe how this CA style shaped the participants’ politics of legitimacy by functioning as a negotiated hybrid of civil and uncivil expectations.},
  author       = {Vandepitte, Ewoud and Vandermoere, Frédéric and Hustinx, Lesley},
  issn         = {0957-8765 },
  journal      = {VOLUNTAS},
  keywords     = {civic action,legitimacy,climate justice,activism,ethnography},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {327--341},
  title        = {Civil anarchizing for the common good : culturally patterned politics of legitimacy in the climate justice movement.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-018-00073-5},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2019},
}

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