Quotation Spash, Clive L. 2018. Facing the Truth or Living a Lie: Conformity, Radicalism and Activism. Environmental Values. 27 (3), 215-222.




People who speak up about the unpleasant realities of environmental degradation, capitalist exploitation and the growth economy are likely to be criticised for 'negative framing' - while corporations undermine truths by casting them as social constructs with no objective validity. Environmentalists increasingly conform to the idea of telling nice stories using abstract metaphors rather than seeking to identify, specify and name systemic problems and their causes. Psychological pressures faced by scientists and activists, and personal strategies for coming to terms with and combating harsh realities, are themes that run through this issue of Environmental Values. This reveals the necessity of radical activism and the expression of a more general concern over ethics and justice as counters to the stiflingly narrow hegemonic economic discourse that prevails in official circles.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Environmental Values
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new VW-D
Language English
Title Facing the Truth or Living a Lie: Conformity, Radicalism and Activism
Volume 27
Number 3
Year 2018
Page from 215
Page to 222
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3197/096327118X15217309300804
Open Access N


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