Postmaterialism and the Social Ecosystem

Díez Nicolás, J.
Advanced industrial societies have reached a high level of material comfort based on a particular model of social organization and a highly elaborated tech nology . However, in so doing, they have created serious problems of environmental deterioration and scarcity of resources which threaten to reduce the quality of life. The process has been reinforced by the drive of less developed countries to attain the same level of material comfort. In view of this worldwide (global) situation of a threatened environment, and the inter-relationship among the four main elements of the social ecosystem, one would expect a change in the value system (as a collective, not individual, response) in the form of greater preoccupation with environmental protection than with economic growth. Given the pattern which changes in social values usually follow, one would expect that preoccupation with environmental issues would emerge earlier in the more developed nations and amongst more "central" social groups than in less developed countries and in the "social periphery"...

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