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Environmentalism and Education in Australia


Tranter, BK, Environmentalism and Education in Australia, Environmental Politics, 6, (2) pp. 123-143. ISSN 0964-4016 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09644019708414330


Tertiary education, seen as an indicator of new class and/or highly developed cognitive capacities, is a key characteristic of environmental activists and supporters. The relationship between higher education and environmental activism can be usefully explored through analyses of nationally representative survey data from Australia, and various aspects of education can be operationalised, including social background, cultural consumption, and level and type of tertiary qualifications. Controlling for other factors, tertiary education can be shown to be a moderate predictor of joining environmental groups, but to be far more important for explaining environmental activism. The propensity to be environmentally active is fostered through education in the more 'radical' humanities disciplines. The results of such an enquiry highlight the salience of an 'intellectual' status category as a base of environmental activism.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)
ID Code:11627
Year Published:1997
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-12

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