Call for papers - Behavioural Views in Environmentalism

We would like to inform you about the monothematic issue of Sociální studia / Social Studies (2015) which is now under preparation, with the following preliminary title:

BEHAVIOURAL VIEWS IN ENVIRONMENTALISM

All those interested in the topic are invited to participate in the preparation of the material. The objective of our monothematic issue is to allow for a debate on the sociological, psychological, economic and ethical views of pro-environmental behaviour, its causes, forms and consequences. A critical, empirical (both qualitative and quantitative) reflection of pro-environmental behaviour and a debate between the normative approach and the empirical approach are more than necessary at a time when environmentalism is in a position of defence.

Papers focusing particularly on the following areas are welcome. However, the theme may be extended beyond this scope, especially when it takes an interdisciplinary approach employing social sciences and humanities, including overlaps with natural sciences.

Proposed themes:

- environmentally positive changes in the structure and volume of consumption
- perception of environmental risks, environmental fear and anxiety
- the city and its environmental context
- critiquing findings of environmental ethics and moral psychology in the context of communion with nature and the environment
- aesthetic experience in contact with nature and its effect on communion with nature and the environment
- loss of contact with nature in western societies
- biophobia in contact with the non-human world
- motivation for protecting the environment and analysis of other factors influencing pro-environmental behaviour
- links among environmental values, attitudes and behaviour
- the need for contact with nature: why do humans seek contact with the natural environment, and what role does it play in their lives
- transformations in communion with nature in various periods of the development of mankind

Please, send abstracts (500-word maximum) by 30 September 2014. We will accept final texts until 31 December 2014. All abstracts should be sent to socstud@fss.muni.cz

We have agreed to accept even articles which the authors have not announced by abstract. Publication of these articles depends on the results of the review process and the editor’s decision.

If you know someone who could be interested in this call, we would appreciate if you forward it to them.

The editors of the issue - Eva Fraňková, Jan Dostalík, and Radoslav Škapa - look forward to your papers.