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Title: Local environmental movements
Author: David, Matthew
ISNI:       0000 0001 3406 8837
Awarding Body: University of Kent at Canterbury
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 1997
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This thesis is based on a critical ethnography of "Local Environmental Movements" in and around East Kent. Starting from the office of the Canterbury and District Environmental Network, and moving through and beyond the C.D.E.N.s affiliated membership, my research led to participation in over three hundred meetings, protests and events, as well as to unnumerable personal meetings, informal interviews, conversations, letters and discussions. In total I encountered 187 different groups and organisations that saw themselves as in some way part of an environmental movement locally. There was no natural unity of beliefs, ideals or action. This problematic issue for my research became the problematic addressed by my research. I begin with a review of existing social theory and research into the dialectical relations between "agency and structure" (movement), "society and nature" (environment) and between proximity and distance (locality). After an outline of existing case study research into Local Environmental Movements from Geography, Anthropology and Sociology, I set out the case for my qualitative, critical and participatory, ethnographic method. The empirical research is presented in five chapters, each bringing together a number of themes, disputes and organisations. The five chapters are centred around the themes of: the network in genera; translocal locations and dis-locations of locaity; local activism within relations of autonomy and integration; local action within trans-local enivornmental actors; and party and network forms. In the conclusions the empirical materials are brought together within a discussion of the three theoretical themes. The construction of the "local" (within translocal or "glocal" discourses and practices), and the "environmental" issues (knowledge claims about 'nature' as well as conservation, ecological and environmental relations to the non-human) are related to the issue of 'movement formation' within the field of my research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: HM Sociology ; JA Political science (General)