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Beyond the activist ghetto: a deductive blockmodeling approach to understanding the relationship between contact with environmental organisations and public attitudes and behaviour

Beyond the activist ghetto: a deductive blockmodeling approach to understanding the relationship between contact with environmental organisations and public attitudes and behaviour
Beyond the activist ghetto: a deductive blockmodeling approach to understanding the relationship between contact with environmental organisations and public attitudes and behaviour
Current research on the behavioural impacts of social movements tends to focus on their influence on those most intensely involved. Consequently it overlooks the impacts that social movement organisations might have on those outside the activist ghetto. To begin to address this gap in the literature, this article examines the relationship between contact with environmental organisations and public attitudes and behaviour. Monitoring the electricity use of 72 households has facilitated analysis of its association with their environmental attitudes and contact with environmental organisations. Although standard statistical approaches fail to uncover a relationship between contact with environmental organisations and attitudes and behaviour, a deductive blockmodeling approach tells a different story. Low household electricity use is associated with households sharing pro-environmental attitudes and contact with environmental organisations. High energy use is associated with households not sharing any of these; and moderate energy use is associated with a moderate degree of sharing. Our findings reveal the need for systematic studies of environmental movement organisations’ impact on the public’s pro-environmental behaviours
1474-2837
158-177
Saunders, C.
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Buchs, M.
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Wallbridge, R.
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Saunders, C., Buchs, M., Papafragkou, A., Wallbridge, R. and Smith, G. (2014) Beyond the activist ghetto: a deductive blockmodeling approach to understanding the relationship between contact with environmental organisations and public attitudes and behaviour. Social Movement Studies, 13 (1), 158-177. (doi:10.1080/14742837.2013.832623).

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Current research on the behavioural impacts of social movements tends to focus on their influence on those most intensely involved. Consequently it overlooks the impacts that social movement organisations might have on those outside the activist ghetto. To begin to address this gap in the literature, this article examines the relationship between contact with environmental organisations and public attitudes and behaviour. Monitoring the electricity use of 72 households has facilitated analysis of its association with their environmental attitudes and contact with environmental organisations. Although standard statistical approaches fail to uncover a relationship between contact with environmental organisations and attitudes and behaviour, a deductive blockmodeling approach tells a different story. Low household electricity use is associated with households sharing pro-environmental attitudes and contact with environmental organisations. High energy use is associated with households not sharing any of these; and moderate energy use is associated with a moderate degree of sharing. Our findings reveal the need for systematic studies of environmental movement organisations’ impact on the public’s pro-environmental behaviours

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e-pub ahead of print date: 8 October 2013
Published date: 2014
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, Politics & International Relations, Energy & Climate Change Group

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Local EPrints ID: 346464
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/346464
ISSN: 1474-2837
PURE UUID: bd3e70a9-5221-41a5-a1fe-6f04bf5da530

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Date deposited: 02 Jan 2013 13:38
Last modified: 16 Jul 2019 21:47

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Author: C. Saunders
Author: M. Buchs
Author: A. Papafragkou
Author: R. Wallbridge
Author: G. Smith

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