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Conference: The Social Practice of Human Rights

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The Political Psychology Of Environmental Civil Resistance, Stephen Arves Nov 2017

The Political Psychology Of Environmental Civil Resistance, Stephen Arves

Conference: The Social Practice of Human Rights

What persuades individuals to support environmental civil resistance? More specifically, how do emotions and message frames shape support? Despite the recent focus on the political psychology of environmental attitudes, less research has considered the motivations behind environmental civil resistance support. This warrants attention because much of the environmental movement occurs outside of conventional political participation channels (i.e. voting) and instead employs tactics such as nonviolent demonstrations and petition signing.

Furthermore, the environmental movement needs to attract considerable support and participation for these tactics to be successful. Given these considerations, this project aims to explain how emotions (fear or anger ...