The institutionalization of sustainability at universities: effects on student collective action Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Nichols, Mark Russell
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • This thesis addresses the questions of how the efforts of field-framing institutional actors affect the adoption of new discourses by environmental organizations and how the application of various cultural framing processes separately affect degree of adoption. In-depth interviews with student environmental organization leaders and university sustainability staff members are used to determine relative strengths of the forces at work during various stages of the institutionalization of sustainability within universities. The analysis highlights the contested nature of field framing, and shows how the initial level of framing by student environmental organizations plays a large role in their ultimate station in institutionalized university sustainability. This thesis concludes with an effort to illustrate the nested nature of framing within institutionalization, as multidirectional framing is used to create the institutions that then constrain the original framers.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology."
  • Caren, Neal
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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