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Chapter 9 How Shall We Study Environmental Values?

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Chapter in Brief

In this chapter, Joanne Bauer and Anna Davies explain the research methodology of the project upon which Forging Environmentalism is based. In doing so, they discuss the challenges of studying values across cultures and across disciplines. Bauer and Davies outline the various questions the researchers faced in designing the project and explain the motivation behind the decision to use qualitative methods emphasizing long interviews and discourse analysis. The chapter explains the choice of key themes, the case studies guidelines, and the selection of informants, and gives examples of the difficulties, and the practical and ethical choices, that researchers faced during their work on the project.

Annotated Resources

John Foster, ed. Valuing Nature? Ethics, Economics and the Environment . London: Routledge, 1997.
This edited collection, including chapters from philosophers, economists and sociologists, argues that valuation of the environment cannot be reduced to economic valuation alone and proposes a set of arguments for alternative valuation practices to be incorporated into environmental policy.

Phil Macnaghten and John Urry. Contested Natures. London: Sage, 1998.
This book explores the place of nature in everyday life developing the perspective that there is no singular nature waiting to be saved rather there are multiple natures that are embedded in, and contested through, social practices.

bell hooks. Yearning: Race, Gender and Cultural Politics. London: Turnaround, 1991.
This is a collection of essays on race, gender, and cultural studies with many of the essays focusing on trends in cultural studies in the early 1990s. It attends to various groups marginalized in the media and literature, and also to stereotypes and cultural ignorance.

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