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From Outreach to Arson: A Critical Look at the Contemporary Animal Rights and Environmental Movement

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Title: From Outreach to Arson: A Critical Look at the Contemporary Animal Rights and Environmental Movement
Authors: Perez, Randall
Instructor: Wurtzburg, Susan
Zhang, Wei
Issue Date: 15 Nov 2012
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: This research project examines the contemporary animal rights and environmental movements and participants’ ideological support for a diverse range of strategies and tactics. It also looks at how activists within these movements perceive and react to these tactics and their use. The study was conducted over a period of eight months and utilized a mixed methods approach to research using both a quantitative survey and open-ended in-depth interviews. The findings suggest that activists within the movements by and large support the use of both aboveground tactics (e.g. educational outreach) and underground tactics (e.g. economic sabotage). A majority of respondents suggested that the movement as a whole should utilize aboveground and underground tactics. There was some significant disagreement over the use of more controversial tactics such as arson and property destruction. While approximately 25% of respondents supported such action, there were relatively stringent divisions along politically ideological lines, with those identifying as anarchists most likely to support these clandestine tactics. The study found that a moderately strong correlation between political ideology and support for tactics of an underground or clandestine nature.
Pages/Duration: 77 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/29655
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