Ideology: A Worried Analysis

by John H. Sims, Illinois Benedictine Coll, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: The Role of Social and Behavioral Sciences in Water Resources Planning and Management


The paper makes the point that social, cultural and psychological variables, that is, variables of the behavioral sciences, are meaningful to the field of natural resource management. A religion, a particular belief in a particular god, may be wedded to particular attitudes toward and actions upon land, water, and air. Innate limits on the cognitive processes involved in estimating the probability of an event may be determinants in how one responds to the threat of flood or the erosion of a coast. Given the relevance of three general dimensions of man's psyche - his cognitive abilities, his personality, and his cultural perspective, to his interaction with the natural world - the paper then discusses why such dimensions are so often ignored in the management of natural resources.

Subject Headings: Coastal processes | Social factors | Water resources | Personnel management | Resource management | High-rise buildings | Probability | Hydraulic engineering

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