Four central chapters


in PhD thesis, Writing

I have discussed my introductory chapter with my supervisor, received comments, and incorporated them. Tomorrow, we are meeting about my literature review chapter.

At the same time, I am working on reading through blocks of my tag-sorted interview reports corresponding to the four central chapters of the dissertation:

  • Political opportunities — including the history of the fossil fuel divestment movement, the role of and the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC) as brokers, and the way the movement has developed in Canada
  • Mobilizing structures — how campaigns organized themselves and made decisions, support from brokers and within universities, and the structure of efforts to resist divestment
  • Repertoires — what divestment campaigns actually did, including the enemy naming and story of self strategies, the spectrum from cooperative to contentious tactics, and the split between ‘outside game’ mass mobilization and ‘inside game’ negotiations with the administration. Also, the actions of divestment opponents and non-divestment actions taken by target universities
  • Framing — The worldview underlying fossil fuel divestment activism, particularly the strategic implications of intersectionality

I need to get all these drafts done ASAP so my committee members will have a chance to look at them before ordinary work resumes in September.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

alena prazak August 12, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Way to go Milan! It is coming together in a palpable way.

Milan August 23, 2020 at 10:20 pm

For people who are curious or have been asking, when every rectangle is green the dissertation will be done:

Milan November 18, 2020 at 2:54 am

These boxes are not quick or easy to fill, but I was just able to send a copy of chapter 6 which is ready for my supervisor’s review.

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