By Lester W. Milbrath
In a groundbreaking research, Lester Milbrath argues the necessity for a deep switch in our trust constitution. Environmentalists: forefront for a brand new Society describes a revolution in technique. Basing his paintings at the perspectives of contemporary environmentalists, Milbrath delineates a brand new social paradigm--a new figuring out and revised values--to express how the realm features in a fashion varied from what our associations and tradition presuppose. it's a publication approximately our civilization, the human , and the standard of existence. a few of the principles and masses of the facts during this quantity are derived from a three-nation learn of environmental ideals and values. groups of students in England, Germany, and the us disbursed questionnaires to most of the people, and to public officers, company and exertions leaders, and environmentalists. The solutions to those questions are tabulated and the inferences are drawn during this well timed research, that is sure to impress controversy and a reconsideration of uncomplicated ideals.
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III. Series. ) 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 Page vii Contents List of Tables ix List of Figures xi Preface xiii Acknowledgments xv Chapter 1 We Are at a Fork in the Road 1 Prophecy and Society Choice 6 Mindless Pursuit of "Progress" in the Old Dominant Social Paradigm 7 The Three-nation Study of Environmental Beliefs and Values 15 Beliefs, Behavior, and Learning 17 Chapter 2 Contrasting Belief Paradigms in Modern Society 21 Plotting Belief Clusters 21 Components of Paradigms 26 Do We Need a New Society? 35 Summary 40 Chapter 3 Portrait of a Revolution in Process 43 Three Key Beliefs That Distinguish Vanguard from Rearguard 43 Postures Toward Social Change 45 Descriptions of Types on the Rearguard-Vanguard Dimension 54 Discussion 61 Chapter 4 The Environmental Movement 67 Correlates of Environmentalism 74 Chapter 5 The Politics of Social Change 81 Environmentally-relevant Behavior 87 Are Present Political Structures Appropriate for Environmental Action?
6 Open vs. Closed Decision Making 160 Page xiii Preface My main purpose in writing this book was to try to help the reader to see his world, and how it works, in a new way. I can't be certain that my vision of reality is the correct one but there is a good deal of evidence to support it. Some readers may question that evidence, but I hope they will be challenged to gather additional evidence so that all of us can become better informed. The book is addressed to interested laypersons, public officials, and upper division undergraduates as well as to scholars.
It is the taken-for-granted common-sensical view which usually determines the outcome of debates on environmental issues. (Cotgrove, 1982, p. 27) Paradigms are not only beliefs about what the world is like and guides to action; they also serve the function of legitimating or justifying courses of action. That is to say, they function as ideologies .... Hence, conflicts over what constitutes the paradigm by which action should be guided and judged to be reasonable is [sic] itself a part of the political process.