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ELECTRONIC JOURNAL OF SOCIAL AND STRATEGIC STUDIES - Volume 2, Issue 1, April-May 2021

Pages: 147-149

Book Review: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate by Andrew J. Hoffman

Kenneth D. Grimes Jr.

Category: Sociology

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Abstract:

Climate change has become a controversial topic that remains divisive along political and ideological lines. Andrew Hoffman’s How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate provides a comprehensive framework that examines how cultural values have influenced the climate change debate and calls attention to the forces that have polarized an otherwise scientific reality. The central thesis is that this debate is more about the clash of values than it is about science. Therefore, Hoffman examines the social and psychological forces that determine how Americans respond to climate change messages. His assessment reveals that group identity, the media, corporate interests, and even climate change advocates have contributed to the climate change schism. Despite the dismal prospect for resolving this schism, Hoffman urges the reader to have an open mind about his solution for breaching the divide.

Keywords: Climate Change, Culture, Conservative, Liberal, Schism, Debate

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47362/EJSSS.2021.2116

DOI URL: https://doi.org/10.47362/EJSSS.2021.2116