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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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The Psychology of Pollution Control

The Psychology of Pollution Control

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(p.149) 6 The Psychology of Pollution Control
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Psychology of Environmental Law
Author(s):

Arden Rowell

Kenworthey Bilz

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479812301.003.0007

This chapter argues that exploring the psychology of pollution perception and response can help in crafting more effective regimes for pollution control. The impacts of pollution—like other environmental problems—are often diffuse, complex, and nonhuman in character. Furthermore, pollution itself often generates an affective, disgusted response, and perceptions of pollution risk are mediated by who is polluting. Each of these characteristics has implications for managing human behaviors that create, promote, or reduce pollution. As a result, understanding the psychology of pollution control can help in understanding, predicting, and evaluating how existing environmental policies shape human behavior and in developing policies that are better at controlling pollution.

Keywords:   pollution, pollution perception, pollution response, Pollution Control, disgust response, affect

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