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Title: How Green is My Valley? Tracking Rural and Urban Environmentalism in the Southern Appalachian Ecoregion

Author: Jones, Robert Emmet; Fly, J. Mark; Cordell, H. Ken;

Date: 1999

Source: Rural Sociolgy 64(3), 1999. pp. 482-499

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Research on the social bases of environmentalism in the United States has generally found that urban residents are more concerned about the environment than rural residents. Recent research suggests this may no longer be the case, particularly in specific settings or under certain conditions. This paper examines the issue by reviewing recent survey research on rural and urban environmentalism. Tests for significant differences between urban and rural inhabitants of the Southern Appalachian Ecoregion on cognitive and behavioral dimensions of environmentalism are also conducted using data obtained from 1,239 telephone interviews. Findings are consistent with previous research showing that younger people, those with higher levels of education, and political liberals generally express higher levels of environmentalism. However, no significant rural-urban differences were found on several indicators of environmentalism. A range of conditions that are rapidly changing the character and composition of the region may help to explain why the findings do not conform to the general pattern of rural-urban differences. Overall, it appears that environmentalism has broadened its appeal in rural areas, especially in communities located near national and state parks, wildlife refuges, and other outdoor recreation sites.

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Jones, Robert Emmet; Fly, J. Mark; Cordell, H. Ken 1999. How Green is My Valley? Tracking Rural and Urban Environmentalism in the Southern Appalachian Ecoregion. Rural Sociolgy 64(3), 1999. pp. 482-499


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