Professor of Sociology Thomas Macias presents "Diversity, Trust, and a Sociological Path out of Ecological Calamity," on November 8 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman.
Macias' publications include the book Mestizo in America: Generations of Mexican Ethnicity in the American Southwest, and articles in Society and Natural Resources, Environmental Sociology, Environment and Behavior, Rural Sociology, Qualitative Sociology, Ethnicities, and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation. An underlying theme in his research is that in a world where market forces see individuals as primarily a consumer source of profit, people fare much better when they have a variety of people to rely on for information, friendship, and mutual support.
Macias will address the question "What can we learn by paying greater attention to the diversity of perception and experience around environmental issues in the United States today?" A nationally representative survey of Americans reveals some interesting things about our attitudes towards the environment and willingness to engage in sustainable behaviors. Regular interaction with neighbors, for example, is associated with driving less, buying organic produce, and conserving household water and energy. All of these practices, however, are reported with greater frequency among the Mexican immigrant population. Moreover, the perception of environmental risks, including climate change, is much greater among communities of color than the majoritypopulation.
The College of Arts and Sciences Full Professor Lecture Series was designed to recognize faculty newly promoted to full professor rank. The next lecture in this series will be presented by Marc Law (Department of Economics).