Beth Gharrity Gardner

Beth Gharrity Gardner
University of Copenhagen · Department of Sociology

PhD Sociology, University of California-Irvine
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Introduction
Beth Gharrity Gardner earned her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine in 2016, under the supervision of Francesca Polletta, Edwin Amenta, and Evan Schofer. Her qualitative and quantitative research sits at the intersection of media, politics, and protest.
Additional affiliations
April 2021 - present
University of Copenhagen
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Working with Associate Professor Nicole Doerr on the ExId research project "Extreme Identities: A Linguistic and Visual Analysis of European Far-Right Online Communities' Politics of Identity."
October 2018 - present
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • Research Associate, Political Sociology and Social Policy Research Projects: “ Political Campaigning & Communication in the Digital Age” (w. Dr. A. Schäfer); “Fridays for Future climate protests in Germany and globally" (w. Dr. M. Neuber).
October 2018 - March 2021
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Position
  • Instructor
Description
  • Courses Taught: M.A. courses: Politics of (Dis)information; Mediated Politics; Politics of Dissent: Research and Theorizing about Social Movements; Twenty-First Century Social Movements and Mobilization. B.A. Courses: Online and Offline Political Communication; Politics of Health and Welfare Systems; Social Movements; Orders and Disorders in Contemporary Media Ecologies
Education
September 2008 - December 2015
University of California, Irvine
Field of study
  • Sociology
September 2000 - May 2004
New York University
Field of study
  • Sociology, with honors, Africana Studies, Minor: History

Publications

Publications (34)
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In contrast to the antistructuralist and antipositivist agenda that has animated the “narrative turn” in the social sciences since the 1980s, a more uniquely sociological approach has studied stories in the interactional, institutional, and political contexts of their telling. Scholars working in this vein have seen narrative as powerful, but as va...
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As deliberative democratic theory has moved from a macro theory of democratic legitimacy to prescriptions for institutional design, questions about what constitutes deliberative communication have taken on increasing practical importance. At the same time, empirical data has accumulated to answer those questions. We review findings on the kinds of...
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It is conventionally assumed that the values underlying people’s support for environmentalism are diametrically opposed to those favorable to right wing populism. While this might allow us to assume that recent global climate strike mobilizations fall on the ‘post-materialist’ and ‘progressive’ side of a battle against right wing populism, it is an...
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In upending much of what is usually taken for granted about politics in everyday life, the Covid-19 pandemic is re-animating several puzzles in the study of protest participation. Here we conduct a case study of Fridays for Future (FFF) Global Climate Strike mobilization in Berlin to shed light on the profile of activists who sustained protest mobi...
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This study investigates the translational practices of far-right activists in Germany through content analysis of storytelling about the January 6 storming of the US Capitol in influential German alternative news websites. Findings reveal how far-right commentators used their intermediary position to re-narrate, translate, and convert ‘mainstream’...
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The dataset includes survey responses from participants of the Fridays For Future "Global Climate Strike" in Berlin at four points in time in the period of September 2019 to September 2021 (Sep 19, Nov 19, Sep 20, and Sep 21). The sampling procedures and core questionnaire template used in data collection are based on the standardized protest surve...
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Drawing on new survey data on protesters at the September 2020 Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike in Berlin and Vienna, this report examines protesters’ socio-demographic profiles, political engagement and attitudes before and after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The longitudinal patterns we find are more or less consistent across the tw...
Presentation
The presentation addresses the question of how movement mobilization has shifted in the context of COVID-19. To explore this issue, we focus on the Fridays for Future climate movement as our empirical case. The talk reviews key findings on changes in the social composition, motives and attitudes of protest participants using new, time series data f...
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Der Beitrag widmet sich der internationale Dimension des Mobilisierungserfolges der Fridays for Future Bewegung, indem er die länderspezifischen Charakteristika der Bewegung in den Blick nimmt. Über den Vergleich von Befragungsdaten, die unter Klimastreikenden in Belgien, Deutschland, Italien, Österreich, Polen, Schweden und der Schweiz im März und...
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Mit Fridays for Future haben die Klimaproteste eine zuvor nie erreichte gesellschaftliche Breite und politische Aufmerksamkeit erlangt. Doch wer beteiligt sich eigentlich an dieser sozialen Bewegung, was motiviert die Menschen zu protestieren und welche Einstellungen haben die Beteiligten? Mehrere Umfragen unter Protestierenden aus dem Jahr 2019 bi...
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Der Beitrag widmet sich der internationale Dimension des Mobilisierungserfolges der Fridays for Future Bewegung, indem er die länderspezifischen Charakteristika der Bewegung in den Blick nimmt. Über den Vergleich von Befragungsdaten, die unter Klimastreikenden in Belgien, Deutschland, Italien, Österreich, Polen, Schweden und der Schweiz im März und...
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Mit Fridays for Future haben die Klimaproteste eine zuvor nie erreichte gesellschaftliche Breite und politische Aufmerksamkeit erlangt. Doch wer beteiligt sich eigentlich an dieser sozialen Bewegung, was motiviert die Menschen zu protestieren und welche Einstellungen haben die Beteiligten? Mehrere Umfragen unter Protestierenden aus dem Jahr 2019 bi...
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In September 2019, the third Global Climate Strike organized by the Fridays For Future (FFF) protest campaign mobilized 6000 protest events in 185 countries and brought 7.6 million participants out onto the streets. This report analyses survey data about participants from 19 cities around the world and compares it to data from an international surv...
Technical Report
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In September 2019, the third Global Climate Strike organized by the Fridays For Future (FFF) protest campaign mobilized 6000 protest events in 185 countries and brought 7.6 million participants out onto the streets. This report analyses survey data about participants from 19 cities around the world and compares it to data from an international surv...
Preprint
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In September 2019, the third Global Climate Strike organized by the Fridays For Future (FFF) protest campaign mobilized 6000 protest events in 185 countries and brought 7.6 million participants out onto the streets. This report analyses survey data about participants from 19 cities around the world and compares it to data from an international surv...
Technical Report
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The Internet provides fast and ubiquitous communication that enables all kinds of communities and provides citizens with easy access to vast amounts of information, although the information is not necessarily verified and may present a distorted view of real events or facts. The Internet’s power as an instant source of mass information can be used...
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The Internet provides fast and ubiquitous communication that enables all kinds of communities and provides citizens with easy access to vast amounts of information, although the information is not necessarily verified and may present a distorted view of real events or facts. The Internet’s power as an instant source of mass information can be used...
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Scholars have paid increasing attention to the role of culture in social movements’ emergence, trajectories, and impacts. Culture is no longer conceptualized as a sub- jective lens through which people perceive objective structures, but rather as a key dimension of those structures. This has allowed researchers to shed new light on why certain area...
Book
How and when do journalists define the boundaries of acceptable controversy? And how do they do so while appearing to remain objective? To answer these questions, this research analyzes mainstream newspaper coverage of the American abortion debate from 1972 through 1994. Using qualitative content analyses and quantitative regression analyses, I ex...
Presentation
While the literature on media framing of movements has expanded our understanding of frame contestation in the mass-mediated public sphere, previous studies have largely overlooked the role of media images in which framing also occurs. We conceptualize and measure what we refer to as the “pictorial framing” of the Occupy Wall Street (Occupy) moveme...
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Activists use stories to mobilize participants, enlist supporters, and influence decision makers. But their stories are only sometimes effective in doing those things. We draw on an interdisciplinary literature on narrative in order to identify features of stories that lend themselves to different tasks of mobilization and to identify the specifica...
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The implications of social media for social change are fueling incredible debate at the time of this writing. This is being driven by the unprecedented diffusion of social media technologies and services, such as text messaging, e-mail, blogs, YouTube, Facebook, and the like, over the first decade of this century. For movement scholars, more import...
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Purpose – To theorize and research the conditions under which a high-profile social movement organization (SMO) receives newspaper coverage advantageous to it. Design/methodology approach – To explain coverage quality, including “standing” – being quoted – and “demands” – prescribing lines of action – we advance a story-centered perspective. This c...
Conference Paper
We examine the effects of voluntary associations on protest using cross-national quantitative data for 120 countries from 1970-2010. Social movements researchers in the resource mobilization tradition have frequently argued that organizations provide a critical infrastructure for movements and social protest. This prior scholarship, however, is alm...
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This paper examines the effects of private associations on economic inequality, using cross-national data in the contemporary period. We argue that associations may facilitate pluralist interest group representation, serve as a check on state power, and/or engage in direct economic redistribution. We further consider the possibility that some assoc...

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Climate change has already substantially altered the human living conditions, with more changes to follow in the near future. However, the impact of climate change on the social dynamics of societies is vastly unexplored. The objective of the project is to contribute to the development of a Sociology of Climate Change by examining the dimension of social conflicts related to the changing environmental conditions associated with climate change. The focus of the project is the study of the conditions, processes, and outcomes of political mobilization as an expression of social conflict.