9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN12 Environment and Society

2009-09-03 15:30:00 2009-09-03 17:00:00 Thursday, 3 September 15:30 - 17:00 Environment Attitudes and Values Building I, Auditório J.J. Laginha

Environmental Attitudes of Urban Dwellers on the Danube River in Vojvodina: Regional aspects, Sociocultural values and Social mobilization

Research findings presented in this paper are a part of the project "Ecological awareness of the urban dwellers on the Danube River in Vojvodina", conducted by Vojvodinian Sociological Association in the period from January to June 2008. It is the first sociological research on the aforementioned issue in the region of Vojvodina. This research was made on the basis of the questionnaire upon representative (random) sample of 364 examinees from five cities geographically located on the river Danube. Environmental attitudes were analyzed through the three dimensions: environmental knowledge, environmental values and ecological behavior intention. The main hypothesis of the research was that examinees of this inquiry have wider knowledge and awareness on regional aspects of ecological problems, as an effect of geographical and ecological connection between the cities of their residence. Hence the results of the inquiry shows the opposite ecological knowledge of the examinees is to a large extent "localized" and limited to aspects of their everyday experience and surrounding. They effluent from the concrete environmental conditions of their cities. Findings of the research also show a discrepancy between ecological values and ecological behavior intention of the examinees. They have extensive ecological values but their potential for social mobilization in the system of ecological protection is very low. Main results of the inquiry are situated in a broader ecological, regional, political and socio-cultural context and related to findings derived from other sociological inquiries in those fields.