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Rancher perceptions of and attitudes toward Mexican gray wolves: An exploration of community dialogue

Rancher perceptions of and attitudes toward Mexican gray wolves: An exploration of community... Many socio-political issues arise when predators, like the endangered Mexican gray wolf, are reintroduced into areas that are concurrently used by ranchers. There is a gap in understanding of how public dialogue convey and perpetuate the perceptions and attitudes agriculturalists hold toward predator reintroduction efforts. Our study explores how ranchers’ use of social media and interactive communication relate to this topic. Our analysis is guided by the following three theoretical elements of online communities: intellectual, social, and cultural. A qualitative design is used to explore the dialogue that conveys and perpetuates ranchers’ perceptions and attitudes to the wolf reintroduction. The cultural element-type tends to have the most influence on how information is received via online communities. This creates a cultural echo chamber, where the expression of outside views leads to defensive discussion that strengthens the culture of the community rather than foster its evolution. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Human Dimensions of Wildlife Taylor & Francis

Rancher perceptions of and attitudes toward Mexican gray wolves: An exploration of community dialogue

Human Dimensions of Wildlife , Volume 26 (1): 17 – Jan 2, 2021

Rancher perceptions of and attitudes toward Mexican gray wolves: An exploration of community dialogue

Human Dimensions of Wildlife , Volume 26 (1): 17 – Jan 2, 2021

Abstract

Many socio-political issues arise when predators, like the endangered Mexican gray wolf, are reintroduced into areas that are concurrently used by ranchers. There is a gap in understanding of how public dialogue convey and perpetuate the perceptions and attitudes agriculturalists hold toward predator reintroduction efforts. Our study explores how ranchers’ use of social media and interactive communication relate to this topic. Our analysis is guided by the following three theoretical elements of online communities: intellectual, social, and cultural. A qualitative design is used to explore the dialogue that conveys and perpetuates ranchers’ perceptions and attitudes to the wolf reintroduction. The cultural element-type tends to have the most influence on how information is received via online communities. This creates a cultural echo chamber, where the expression of outside views leads to defensive discussion that strengthens the culture of the community rather than foster its evolution.

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1533-158X
eISSN
1087-1209
DOI
10.1080/10871209.2020.1793034
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Abstract

Many socio-political issues arise when predators, like the endangered Mexican gray wolf, are reintroduced into areas that are concurrently used by ranchers. There is a gap in understanding of how public dialogue convey and perpetuate the perceptions and attitudes agriculturalists hold toward predator reintroduction efforts. Our study explores how ranchers’ use of social media and interactive communication relate to this topic. Our analysis is guided by the following three theoretical elements of online communities: intellectual, social, and cultural. A qualitative design is used to explore the dialogue that conveys and perpetuates ranchers’ perceptions and attitudes to the wolf reintroduction. The cultural element-type tends to have the most influence on how information is received via online communities. This creates a cultural echo chamber, where the expression of outside views leads to defensive discussion that strengthens the culture of the community rather than foster its evolution.

Journal

Human Dimensions of WildlifeTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 2, 2021

Keywords: Mexican gray wolf; ranchers; social media; online communities

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