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Beyond inclusion?: Perceptions of the extent to which Extinction Rebellion speaks to, and for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and working-class communities

Bell, Karen; Bevan, Gnisha

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Karen Bell Karen.Bell@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer Environmental Management

Gnisha Bevan



Abstract

There is a resurgent interest in, and debate about, inclusive environmentalism. Within this context, it has been alleged that Extinction Rebellion (XR) exclude Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and working-class people. To understand more about whether and how this occurs, and how it might be remedied, we interviewed 40 BAME and working-class people in England and Wales about their perceptions of, and opinions about, XR. We found that, while XR’s tactics and messages have varied across time and place, their discourse and activities, overall, have tended to alienate BAME and working-class people. The interviewees were very concerned about climate change, and supported urgent government action, but they were not interested in being included in XR. To effectively build a social movement against climate change, we, therefore, recommend XR activists go “beyond inclusion” to the transformation of XR and environmentalism more broadly.

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Bell, K., & Bevan, G. (2021). Beyond inclusion?: Perceptions of the extent to which Extinction Rebellion speaks to, and for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and working-class communities. Local Environment, 26(10), 1205-1220. https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2021.1970728

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 21, 2021
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 2021
Publication Date Oct 1, 2021
Deposit Date Jul 26, 2021
Publicly Available Date Sep 2, 2022
Journal Local Environment
Print ISSN 1354-9839
Electronic ISSN 1469-6711
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 10
Pages 1205-1220
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2021.1970728
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7581159

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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Local Environment. [Bell, K., & Bevan, G. (2021). Beyond inclusion?: Perceptions of the extent to which Extinction Rebellion speaks to, and for, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and working-class communities. Local Environment, 26(10), https://doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2021.1970728]. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.








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