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How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate / Edition 1

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate / Edition 1

by Andrew J. Hoffman
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Though the scientific community largely agrees that climate change is underway, debates about this issue remain fiercely polarized. These conversations have become a rhetorical contest, one where opposing sides try to achieve victory through playing on fear, distrust, and intolerance. At its heart, this split no longer concerns carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, or climate modeling; rather, it is the product of contrasting, deeply entrenched worldviews. This brief examines what causes people to reject or accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Synthesizing evidence from sociology, psychology, and political science, Andrew J. Hoffman lays bare the opposing cultural lenses through which science is interpreted. He then extracts lessons from major cultural shifts in the past to engender a better understanding of the problem and motivate the public to take action. How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate makes a powerful case for a more scientifically literate public, a more socially engaged scientific community, and a more thoughtful mode of public discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804794220
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 03/11/2015
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 43,217
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Andrew J. Hoffman is Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 A Cultural Schism 1

2 Social Psychology and the Climate Change Debate 15

3 Sources of Organized Resistance 34

4 Bridging the Cultural Schism 48

5 Historical Analogies for Cultural Change 70

6 The Full Scope 81

Notes 91

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