The article examines how political ideas of environmentalists support as well as impede relations between the environmental movement and other progressive movements. This requires examination of the role and meaning of social justice and democracy in the discourse of environmentalism. Ibis study focuses such an examination on a sample of environmental activists in British Columbia. Q methodology is used to discern patterns of association between particular sets of environmental ideas, and beliefs and values related to democracy and social justice. The authors identify four environmental/political perspectives: alienated ecocentrism, civic communitarianism, insider preservationism and green egalitarianism. These perspectives share a perception of justice focused on fair democratic procedures. Fairness is linked to inclusion and equal treatment.
Canadian Journal of Political Science
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Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique / Volume 35 / Issue 03 / September 2002, pp 527-566
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0008423902778347 (About DOI), Published online: 01 September 2002
Alper, Donald K. and Salazar, Debra J., "Reconciling Environmentalism and the Left: Perspectives on Democracy and Social Justice in British Columbia's Environmental Movement" (2002). Political Science Faculty Publications. 4.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Social justice--British Columbia; Environmentalism--British Columbia; Political ecology--British Columbia