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The Political Anthropology of Environmentalism

The Political Anthropology of Environmentalism: Framing Ecopolitics and Building Ideology in the Zengő-conflict (Hungary)


Abstract

The paper deals with the question of how the Zengő movement, one of the most important movements in contemporary Hungary, was able to find locally a novel way of political articulation. The paper argues that a central factor behind the success of the movement was the resonating, integrative ecopolitical master-frame that resonated well with the local web of significance and field of power shaped by particular path dependencies both constraining and motivating action. To demonstrate this threefold argument, the paper draws on an ethnographic study (including interviews) conducted over several months at Védegylet (Protect the Future), a key nongovernmental organization (NGO) active in the communication of the conflict. Texts written by the activists are analyzed and the structures of the frames are portrayed visually to further support the claims.


Cite as: Scheiring, Gábor. 2007. "The Political Anthropology of Environmentalism: Framing Ecopolitics and Building Ideology in the Zengő-Conflict (Hungary)." Anthropolis 3(2):6-19.


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