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Title: 'You cannae stop the future' : young people and environmental issues
Author: Grundy, Sue
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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This research has found, in keeping with other studies, that most of the young people in the group studied are concerned about environmental issues. However, it also identifies that they seldom do anything practical to activate their environmental concern. This inactivity is compounded by their low social status as children. There was little evidence of pro-environmental behaviour undertaken in the home and where there was some, disagreement occurred between parent and child as to what this behaviour entailed. A surprisingly low amount of environmental activity has been initiated by youth groups and in the formal curriculum of the school the young people attended. Many of the young people have not undertaken pro-environmental activities with their friends and many do not even known whether their friends are environmentally concerned. The young people express feelings of resignation and frustration at their own and the government's inaction in dealing with environmental issues. They feel that environmental problems in the future will get worse. The media research found that the young people do not assimilate all of the environmental information broadcast, relying instead on previous knowledge and experience of the environmental issues in their discussions. Some of the responses in the research are distinguished by gender. However, while some of the data fits Gilligan's (1993) model of a different voice, much cannot be said to fit into her schema, suggesting instead a continuum of moral thinking rather than distinctive male and female voices.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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