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I have two co-authored pieces on social networks and the environment 
that may be of interest to some members of the list. (Though they are 
very different topics, and different types of analyses.)

The first is in /Society and Natural Resources/:

The citation and abstract is as follows:

David B. Tindall, Mark C.J. Stoddart, Adam C. Howe. "Social Networks and 
Climate Change Policy Preferences: Structural Location and Policy Actor 
Support for Fossil Fuel Production." /Society and Natural Resources/

Abstract: Contrary to what is needed for reducing global GHG emissions, 
successive Canadian governments have placed fossil fuel production at 
the core of national economic development. This presents a puzzle: how 
should we understand contradictory political commitments to the Paris 
agreement and low carbon energy futures, on one hand, and the 
persistence of support for fossil fuel centered energy futures, on the 
other hand. Using a policy network perspective, we ask: Is the location 
of actors within a climate change policy network associated with their 
position on curtailing the Alberta oil sands development? Results show 
that actors’ social network positions are associated with their support 
for curtailing oil sands development. This network association persists 
even when the sectoral affiliation and climate change beliefs of actors 
are statistically controlled. Our results demonstrate that policy 
network analysis helps explain the persistence of the contradictory 
politics of fossil fuel development and support for decarbonization.

The advance online version (which the journal has made open-access) is 
now available at: 

The second in in /Sociological Perspectives/:

The citation and abstract is as follows:

David B. Tindall, Adam C. Howe, Céline Mauboulès. "Tangled Roots: 
Personal Networks and the Participation of Individuals in an 
Anti-environmentalism Countermovement." /Sociological Perspectives/

Abstract: We focus on the personal networks of members of an 
anti-environmentalism countermovement in a small town in Canada (Port 
Alberni, B.C.) that mobilized against the environmental movement. 
Drawing primarily from social survey data, we investigate the effects of 
network-based mobilization processes, and contending-movement ties (ties 
to the environmental movement), on level of participation in the 
countermovement. We add to the literature on networks and social 
movements, and movement-countermovement dynamics by 1) comparing network 
processes amongst a counter movement with those amongst a corresponding 
social movement, and 2) comparing personal network structures and 
mobilization processes between countermovement members and the general 
public. We find a similar pattern of network-based micromobilization 
processes amongst movement and countermovement participant networks. We 
find both similarities, and key differences between the counter movement 
and the general public in terms of activism and social network ties. 
Theoretical predictions have suggested that individuals who have ties to 
opposing groups will moderate their participation in a social movement. 
However, in this study of a community countermovement organization in a 
small town in Canada that mobilized against the provincial environmental 
movement we find that the number of contending movement ties (the range 
of ties to environmental organizations) held by individuals in the 
countermovement has a significant positive association with 
countermovement activism, and is the strongest statistical predictor of 
countermovement activism. Drawing upon both theory and substantive 
information we discuss the implications of this novel finding.

I can e-mail the /Sociological Perspectives/ piece to anyone who is 
interested. (I think it is behind a paywall.)


David Tindall
Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia

Environment and Society Minor, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia

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