Workshop for the Society and Environment - David Tindall
David Tindall, Associate Professor of Sociology University of British Columbia, CANADA. “Structural Location Within An Environmental Organizational Field and Individual Concern About Climate Change.”
In this paper we analyze quantitative social survey data from a nation-wide probability sample of members of environmental organizations in Canada. Consistent with past literature on networks and attitude formation, we claim that concern about climate change is associated with structural position in a two mode network of individuals and organizations. More specifically, individuals with higher eigenvector centrality – that is, those with ties to environmental organizations that are relatively more central -- are more concerned about climate change. Level of environmental movement identification is also positively correlated both with concern about climate change, and eigenvector centrality. These effects hold when a host of soci-demographic variables are controlled. We discuss the theoretical implications of these findings, including a consideration of these effects within “organizational fields”, and the consequences for other outcomes such has behavior.
Dr. Tindall studies contention over environmental issues, including topics such as forestry, wilderness preservation, fisheries, and climate change. A major focus of his research has been environmental movements in British Columbia, and Canada, and in this context, the interrelationships between social networks, movement identification, and participation. His research has focused on various aspects of environmentalism including, values, attitudes, and opinions, activism and conservation behavior, media coverage of environmental issues, gender issues, and social networks and environmentalism. His current research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, focuses on sociological aspects of contention over climate change in Canada, including perceptions about climate change, views about climate justice, and social processes affecting policies for dealing with climate change, and media coverage of climate change issues.