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Environmental Values in American Culture (MIT Press) Paperback – August 1, 1996

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"Kempton, Boster and Hartley's research documents in rich detail the fundamental beliefs and values that underpin Americans' concern about environmental quality. Their in-depth, ethnographic interviews yield a vivid portrait of the ecological worldview that has taken root throughout our society in recent decades. This book should be read by all those who think environmentalism is a passing fad, as well as by anyone interested in understanding how the typical American thinks about environmental problems."

(Riley E. Dunlap, Professor of Sociology, Washington State University)

"Bypassing the polemic of environmentalists and their opponents, this study takes the unique appraoch of defining American environmental values by listening closely to Americans. It contains some surprises for both sides. Kempton and his colleagues find that Americans share a common set of cultural values and understandings of nature that explain both the broad and persistent support for environmentalism and some popular misconceptions about newly identified environmental problems like global warming. This study will help environmentalists, environmental scientists, and educator by clearing away their misconceptions about the American public."

(Paul C. Stern, Study Director of the committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change)

"This book will be of interest to those concerned with global environmental issues, ranging from scientists, to policy makers, to educators. The research is original, the scholarship is sound, and the writing is clear and readable."

(Mario Molina, Professor, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT)

About the Author

Willett M. Kempton is Associate Professor of Marine Policy at the University of Delaware.


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Product Details

  • Series: MIT Press
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262611236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262611237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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