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Title: The Myth of ‘Three Italies’: Differences and Similarities in Environmental Values Between Macro-Regions
Authors: Veltri, Giuseppe A.
First Published: 6-Apr-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis For European Sociological Association
Citation: European Societies, Volume 16, Issue 5, 2014
Abstract: One of the most frequently perceived divisions in Italy is that of a substantial cultural discrepancy in the environmental values of the North, the Centre and the South. The recent and prolonged waste crisis in Southern Italy reinforced this common public discourse. There are, however, no recent studies that have explored these alleged differences. This study aims to fill this hiatus by analysing differences across macro-regions in terms of the endorsement of basic environmental values. Differences in environmental values are examined using the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) scale with a multi-level variance components analysis. The findings suggest that whilst dissimilarities between macro-regions do exist, they are not in fact as significant as might be expected, thus indicating the existence of a national cultural homogeneity in terms of ‘primitive’ beliefs towards the nature of the earth and humanity’s relationship with it. The findings also highlight the problems of Ecological Fallacy and underscore the complexity of the relationship between values and behaviour.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14616696.2014.904915
ISSN: 1461-6696
eISSN: 1469-8307
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO. Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis.This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Societies on 06 Apr 2014, available online:
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