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Anti-reflexivity and climate change skepticism in the US general public

McCright, Aaron M

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The leading theoretical explanation for the mobilization of organized climate change denial is the Anti-Reflexivity Thesis, which characterizes the climate change denial countermovement as a collective force defending the industrial capitalist system. In this study, I demonstrate that the Anti-Reflexivity Thesis also provides theoretical purchase for explaining patterns of climate change skepticism among regular citizens. Analyzing nationally representative survey data from multiple waves of...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcCright, Aaron M
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-19T00:18:51Z
dc.date.available2016-07-19T00:18:51Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/106513
dc.description.abstractThe leading theoretical explanation for the mobilization of organized climate change denial is the Anti-Reflexivity Thesis, which characterizes the climate change denial countermovement as a collective force defending the industrial capitalist system. In this study, I demonstrate that the Anti-Reflexivity Thesis also provides theoretical purchase for explaining patterns of climate change skepticism among regular citizens. Analyzing nationally representative survey data from multiple waves of the University of Texas Energy Poll, I examine key predictors of climate change skepticism within the US general public. Identification with or trust in groups representing the industrial capitalist system increases the likelihood of climate change skepticism. Also, identification with or trust in groups representing forces of reflexivity (e.g., the environmental movement and scientific community) decreases the likelihood of such skepticism. Further, this study finds that climate change skeptics report policy preferences, voting intentions, and behavioral intentions generally supportive of the existing fossil fuels–based industrial capitalist system.
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.rightsCopyright to author.
dc.sourceHuman Ecology Review
dc.subjectanti-reflexivity thesis
dc.subjectclimate change skepticism
dc.subjectpolicy preferences
dc.subjectvoting intentions
dc.subjectbehavioral intentions
dc.titleAnti-reflexivity and climate change skepticism in the US general public
dc.typeJournal article
dc.date.issued2016
local.type.statusSubmitted Version
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage77
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage107
local.identifier.doi10.4225/13/58213a5387787
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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