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The Importance of Context in the Interpretation of Cross-Cultural Environmental Attitudes

Uzzell, D, Räthzel, N and Lumsden, D (2008) The Importance of Context in the Interpretation of Cross-Cultural Environmental Attitudes In: International Association for People-Environment Studies Conference on "Urban diversities, biosphere and well-being", 2008-07-28 - 2008-08-01, Rome, Italy.

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Abstract

Ten years ago a series of international studies were undertaken (DU) to assess the public’s concern about a number of environmental problems at the local, national and global level (Uzzell, 2000). This paper reports on an exploratory study with a sample of 94 UK students (University of Surrey) and 39 Swedish students (University of Umeĺ) which sought to assess whether there has been any change in environmental attitudes within the last decade. Respondents were asked to indicate in how good or poor a state the environment is at the local, country and global levels, whether the environment would be in a better or poorer state in 20 years time, their attitudes towards consumerism and their attributions of responsibility for bringing about change. Furthermore, a series of open ended questions sought to elicit their ‘unstructured’ views about their environmental concerns, the perceived causes and their suggestions for solutions. Not only did the qualitative responses indicate different priorities, but they demonstrated the need for contextual/local knowledge to make sense of cross-cultural comparisons. International and cross-cultural studies not only require the collaboration of data-collectors, but also data-interpreters.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
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Uzzell, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Räthzel, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lumsden, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 29 July 2008
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 15:52
Last Modified : 28 Mar 2017 15:52
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/780781

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