Climate movement, frame analysis, social movements, monomyth, social networks, discourse analysis


In 2019 the climate movement experienced an unprecedented growth in its mobilization capacity and its political and media impact. This success is closely linked to the rise of Greta Thunberg and her global impact, as well as to the organization effort of “Fridays for Future” in hundreds of local groups around the globe. This paper studies the connection between these two elements based on the movement frame analysis and its dissemination on social media. Through an analysis of the activists’ speeches and social media messages, Greta's key role in the establishment and evolution of a new frame for the climate movement can be seen. This is reinforced and legitimized with her own personal story told through the hero's journey or monomyth. Then, the inclusion and adaptation of Greta's frame in the local group of “Fridays for Future” in Barcelona based on the content analysis of its publications on Twitter and Instagram will be analyzed. The results show how, despite the reluctance regarding personified leadership, Greta's frame has a significant influence on the discourse of the local movement and on the “Fridays for Future” Barcelona’s social media followers. The analysis also provides empirical evidence of the relevance of glocal dynamics in online social movements.

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Received: 28-12-2020

Revised: 03-02-2021

Accepted: 15-02-2021

OnlineFirst: 15-04-2021

Publication date: 01-07-2021

Article revision time: 37 days | Average time revision issue 68: 37 days

Article acceptance time: 49 days | Average time of acceptance issue 68: 78 days

Preprint editing time: 139 days | Average editing time preprint issue 68: 168 days

Article editing time: 184 days | Average editing time issue 68: 213 days


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Díaz-Pérez, S., Soler-i-Martí, R., & Ferrer-Fons, M. (2021). From the global myth to local mobilization: Creation and resonance of Greta Thunberg’s frame. [Del mito global a la movilización local: Creación y resonancia del marco Greta Thunberg]. Comunicar, 68, 35-45.



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