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Environmental Values in American Culture

By: Willett Kempton, James S Boster and Jennifer A Hartley

336 pages, 18 illus

MIT Press

Hardback | Oct 1996 | Edition: 2 | #56664 | ISBN: 0262611236
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How do Americans view environmental issues? This study by a team of cognitive anthropologists reveals similarities in the way different groups of Americans view environmental change, while also showing that Americans may have misunderstandings about these issues. Using research techniques developed in the study of other cultures, the authors document how scientific information on such issues as global warming, ozone depletion, and species extinctions is interpreted and transformed by the public, and how underlying beliefs and values influence preferences for or against environmental policies.

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

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