When Appreciating Nature Makes One Care Less for Human Beings – the Role of Belief in Just Nature in Helping Victims of Natural Disasters.

Adrian Wójcik , Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik

Abstract

The concept that nature is just and that it can act against its perpetrators is widespread among environmentalists. In the research presented, we show the consequences of sharing just-nature beliefs for reactions toward victims of natural catastrophes. A preliminary qualitative analysis of environmentalist discourse related to victims of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster caused by a tsunami showed that just-nature beliefs were used to justify the Japanese tragedy. In the following three quantitative studies, we demonstrate that the belief in just-nature is related to a diminished tendency to help human beings who suffered from natural catastrophes. Two correlation studies conducted directly after the earthquake in Japan in 2011 on members of ecological organizations (N = 183) and undergraduates (N = 123) showed that just-nature beliefs result in a tendency to help by giving donations for reducing the consequences of nature rather than for human victims of the tragedy. The results were replicated in a correlation study of undergraduates (N = 153) conducted after Hurricane Sandy.
Author Adrian Wójcik
Adrian Wójcik,,
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, Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik (Wydział Psychologii)
Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik,,
- Wydział Psychologii
Journal seriesSocial Justice Research, ISSN 0885-7466, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2013
Vol26(3)
Pages253-271
Publication size in sheets0.9
Keywords in EnglishBelief in just nature, Helping, Money donation, Natural disasters
ASJC Classification3308 Law; 3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3314 Anthropology
DOIDOI:10.1007/s11211-013-0187-x
URL http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11211-013-0187-x
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 0.585; WoS Impact Factor: 2013 = 0.905 (2) - 2013=1.724 (5)
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