Extinction Rebellion and Climate Change Activism

Breaking the Law to Change the World

  • Oscar Berglund
  • Daniel Schmidt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Oscar Berglund, Daniel Schmidt
    Pages 1-8
  3. Oscar Berglund, Daniel Schmidt
    Pages 9-24
  4. Oscar Berglund, Daniel Schmidt
    Pages 25-39
  5. Oscar Berglund, Daniel Schmidt
    Pages 41-58
  6. Oscar Berglund, Daniel Schmidt
    Pages 59-77
  7. Oscar Berglund, Daniel Schmidt
    Pages 79-95
  8. Oscar Berglund, Daniel Schmidt
    Pages 97-106
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 107-109

About this book


This book summarises and critiques Extinction Rebellion (XR) as a social movement organisation, engaging with key issues surrounding its analysis, strategy and tactics. The authors suggest that XR have an underdeveloped and apolitical view of the kind of change necessary to address climate change, and suggest that while this enables the building of broad movements, it is also an obstacle to achieving the systemic change that they are aiming for.

The book analyses different forms of protest and the role of civil disobedience in their respective success or failure; democratic demands and practices; and activist engagement with the political economy of climate change. It engages with a range of theoretical perspectives that address law-breaking in protest and participatory forms of democracy including liberal political theory; anarchism and forms of historical materialism, and will be of interest to students and scholars across politics, international relations, sociology, policy studies and geography, as well as those interested in climate change politics and activism. 

Oscar Berglund is Lecturer in International Public and Social Policy at the University of Bristol, UK.

Daniel Schmidt is a MSc graduate in Public Policy from the University of Bristol, UK.


Protest Climate Activism Social Movements Occupy Movement Climate Emergency Nonviolence Environmental sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Oscar Berglund
    • 1
  • Daniel Schmidt
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.University of BristolBristolUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-48358-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-48359-3
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