Revisiting Environmental Citizenship: The Role of Information Capital and Media Use

Bruno Takahashi, Edson C. Tandoc, Ran Duan, Anthony Van Witsen

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Abstract

This study proposes, from a cross-national perspective, a model of environmental citizenship that includes predictors at the individual and contextual levels. The model is based on multiple theoretical considerations from environmental sociology, media studies, and economics. The study, based on secondary data, reports that at the individual level, media use, environmental concern, and postmaterialism positively predict environmental citizenship. However, the data also allow to test whether the effects of these variables vary depending on social and environmental contexts. Beyond the individual level, results show that, overall, the effect of environmental concern is stronger in countries with better environment quality. The results also show that economic development at the country level positively explains a stronger effect of postmaterialism on environmental citizenship than in less developed countries. The study shows that environmental citizenship is stronger in countries with lower levels of environment quality, and in countries with less developed media systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-135
Number of pages25
JournalEnvironment and Behavior
Volume49
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • academic field
  • communications
  • content areas
  • proenvironmental behavior
  • quantitative research
  • research methods
  • survey research
  • values

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