‘Unconcealing’ the stage: from concealment to Extinction Rebellion

Baillie, Gavin (2021) ‘Unconcealing’ the stage: from concealment to Extinction Rebellion. LL.M(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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The thesis discusses concepts of ‘concealment’ and ‘unconcealment’ to explore how business-as-usual politics offers an inadequate stage for environmental group Extinction Rebellion’s urgent demands. Jürgen Habermas’ theory of the public sphere is taken as an instance of such inadequacy. Jacques Rancière’s critique of Habermas illustrates potential concealments within the politics of consensus. I seek to establish connections, not ordinarily made, between Martin Heidegger, Jacques Rancière, and Bertolt Brecht. I argue that each theorist offers a potential ‘unconcealment’ for Extinction Rebellion. The objective of this thesis is to evaluate these unconcealments as a means for understanding and assessing the action of Extinction Rebellion in responding to the climate emergency. The motif of the stage acts as a common thread throughout.

Item Type: Thesis (LL.M(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Supervisor's Name: Christodoulidis, Professor Emilios
Date of Award: 2021
Depositing User: Theses Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2021-82569
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 14:08
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 17:08
Thesis DOI: 10.5525/gla.thesis.82569
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/82569

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