Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Analysis of participation in permaculture (journal)

Grassroots engagement with transition to sustainability: diversity and modes of participation in the international permaculture movement

This article analyzes an international survey of 731 permaculture participants, and assesses the socio-demographic characteristics of the movement.  The survey examined self-identified roles of permaculture participants and explored the relationships between those roles and socio-demographic factors race, gender, and socioeconomic status. Results showed the participation of women at or above parity (53%), while participation by race showed a white supermajority (96%). Multivariate regression demonstrated that race, gender, and socioeconomic status are shaping participation in distinct ways and that each interact with structural factors. Results point toward a theoretical framework that identifies multiple levels and sites through which socio-demographic factors shape participation in grassroots environmental action, and the outlines of such a framework are discussed.

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