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Environmentalism, Middle-Class Radicalism and Politics

Environmentalism, Middle-Class Radicalism and Politics ENVIRONMENTALISM, MIDDLE-CLASS RADICALISM AND POLITICS Stephen Cotgrove and Andrew Dujf here has been increasing interest in recent years in the pos- sibility of fundamental changes in the political system, with the emergence of new social groups, new interests and new values which cut across traditional class-based alignments and cleavages. Moreover, in recent decades, there has been a marked in- crease in direct action, and the growth of outsider politics, a decline in partisan support for die traditional parties, and other indications of a loss of legitimacy.' Such indications of strain and stress take on a special significance with the possibility that industrial societies, which have relied so heavily on policies of sustained and rapid economic growth for maintaining a broad spearum of consensus and support, may be facing special challenges with intransigent problems of unemployment and inflation, exacerbated by increasing shortages of materials and energy.^ The environmentalist movement provides an important case study and focus for exploring such issues. In the last decade the awareness of environmental problems has not only increased dramatically, but has taken on a new political significance. Environmentalist groups have been at the centre of protest, locally and nationally, against motorways, airports and dams, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Sociological Review SAGE

Environmentalism, Middle-Class Radicalism and Politics

The Sociological Review , Volume 28 (2): 19 – May 1, 1980

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Abstract

ENVIRONMENTALISM, MIDDLE-CLASS RADICALISM AND POLITICS Stephen Cotgrove and Andrew Dujf here has been increasing interest in recent years in the pos- sibility of fundamental changes in the political system, with the emergence of new social groups, new interests and new values which cut across traditional class-based alignments and cleavages. Moreover, in recent decades, there has been a marked in- crease in direct action, and the growth of outsider politics, a decline in partisan support for die traditional parties, and other indications of a loss of legitimacy.' Such indications of strain and stress take on a special significance with the possibility that industrial societies, which have relied so heavily on policies of sustained and rapid economic growth for maintaining a broad spearum of consensus and support, may be facing special challenges with intransigent problems of unemployment and inflation, exacerbated by increasing shortages of materials and energy.^ The environmentalist movement provides an important case study and focus for exploring such issues. In the last decade the awareness of environmental problems has not only increased dramatically, but has taken on a new political significance. Environmentalist groups have been at the centre of protest, locally and nationally, against motorways, airports and dams, and

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Published: May 1, 1980

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