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Perceptions of the environment are based on individuals’ experiences and values. This work, in the subfield of environmental political theory, seeks to understand why people hold the environmental beliefs that they do. Through a literature review, the beliefs of two hypothetical citizens of the country of Georgia were deduced based on the economic, political, and environmental history of Georgia. I hypothesized the likely values and experiences of an Azeri pharmacist and Georgian casino dealer, concluding that the power structure of Georgia would privilege the Georgian casino dealer. The Azeri pharmacist is likely of a lower socioeconomic status, is more tied to the land and environment, and is thus more concerned for the environment. The Georgian casino dealer is of a middle socioeconomic status and concerned with economic growth, perhaps at the expense of the environment. This latter opinion is also that of Georgia as a nation; the country is more occupied with economic than environmental concerns. This analysis provides a theoretical framework to understand tangible problems. For example, it is easier to argue for sustainable policies with knowledge of the values and beliefs of one’s audience.

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Georgia (Republic)--Environmental conditions; Georgia (Republic)--Social conditions


Eastern European Studies | Environmental Studies


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Environmental Political Theory: Georgia