Ideas and Actions in the Green Movement

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Nature - 269 pages
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The 'Western' green movement has grown rapidly in the last three decades: green ministers are in government in several European countries, Greenpeace has millions of paying supporters, and green direct action against roads, GM crops, the WTO and neo-liberalism, have become ubiquitous. The author argues that 'greens' share a common ideological framework but are divided over strategy. Using social movement theory and drawing on research from many countries, he shows how the green movement became more differentiated over time, as groups had to face the task of deciding what kind of action was appropriate. In the breadth of its coverage and its novel focus on the relationship between green ideas and action, this book makes an important contribution to the understanding of green politics.

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I have been a member of the academic staff in Politics,at Keele since 1991, teaching political sociology, and doing research on environmentalism and protest. I studied Politics for my first degree at Durham University and I then did an MA in Political Thought at the University of Kent, during which time I also worked in a multicultural education resource centre at Christ Church College in Canterbury. I then moved to Manchester University in 1998 where my PhD compared the ideologies of the British, French and German Green parties.

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