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Second major: Sociology & Anthropology
Here is an abstract of the project, and a location map below.
Within the American environmental movement, radical and mainstream actors have often found themselves in disagreement over the most effective methods of activism in conservation efforts. This investigation into the actions of two radical groups, Earth First! and the Earth Liberation Front, aims to find what aspects of radical actions can effectively contribute to the larger environmental movement. I find that if a radical action can be defined as civilly disobedient, does not unnecessarily endanger bystanders, and is capable of maintaining media attention over time, it can effectively further the goals of environmentalism at large.
Framing and focus questions
The ENVS capstone is defined by key questions. Following our situated approach to interdisciplinary environmental research, these include a broad framing question that serves as general motivation for this capstone project, and a specific focus question that defines the project’s research agenda. The framing and focus questions for this capstone are below.
Framing question: When should radical, direct action contribute to environmentalism?
Focus question: What aspects or circumstances allow for radical, direct action to be beneficial to the broader environmental movement?
Depending on its type, the ENVS thesis results in a variety of outcomes, including a thesis (an extended scholarly manuscript), or a variety of non-thesis outcomes. Below is information on this capstone type, with links at bottom to all outcomes.
Type of capstone: Thesis (honors)
Capstone outcomes (PDF): File