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Ideology and representation in environmental politics : political views of conservation activists


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Hinton, J 1984 , 'Ideology and representation in environmental politics : political views of conservation activists', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This study of the environmental movement in Tasmania employed a
questionnaire and interview survey and analysis of some published
texts to outline the political positions, ideologies and social
theoretical assumptions of environmental activists at a time of
political conflict (during the Franklin River campaign). A positional
and reputational method was used to identify 31 leading activists who
were asked questions on class backgrounds and careers, present and
past organizational memberships. Political self-identification and
views on social problems and futures, political institutions and
change, economic growth and environmental strategies were sought.
Generally, political views, class backgrounds and careers showed a
broad mixture - not readily characterizable as either new-class or
petit-bourgeois. Tertiary educations and previous. involvement in
non-conservative politics, were common. Ideologically this
leadership group was an assortment of New Left radicals and social
democrats, with few espousing typical liberal or populist views. The
heterogenous nature of environmental leadership shows
characterizations such as "single-issue" and "middle-class" to be

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Hinton, J
Keywords: Environmental policy, Pressure groups
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Thesis (M.Env. St) - University of Tasmania, 1984. Bibliography: leaves 137-142

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