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Psychology of Environmental Law$
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Arden Rowell and Kenworthey Bilz

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479812301

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479812301.001.0001

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Key Features of Environmental Law and Psychology

Key Features of Environmental Law and Psychology

(p.9) 1 Key Features of Environmental Law and Psychology
Psychology of Environmental Law

Arden Rowell

Kenworthey Bilz

NYU Press

This chapter argues that environmental law is psychologically distinctive. This distinctiveness flows in large part from the unique emphasis environmental law has on environmental and ecological injury—injury that tends to be diffuse, complex, and nonhuman in character. These characteristics trigger a set of psychological phenomena, which tend to make environmental and ecological injuries challenging for people to perceive, understand, and care about. A psychology of environmental law should account for these distinctive characteristics, while respecting the normative goals and institutional constraints through which environmental law and policy is created and enforced.

Keywords:   environmental law and psychology, environmental injury, ecological injury, diffuse, complex, nonhuman

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