Le Bipartisme Dissertation Abstract

The ISA has undertaken a new initiative to create an international community of young sociologists who are in the middle of their PhD dissertations or have completed them in the last 5 years.  We are asking you to post dissertation abstracts (in English), together with a small amount of information about yourselves.

ISA will make it available on this website so that others will see what you are doing. That way you will be able to discover others studying similar things.

The entries are searchable by keyword, author, title, area of interest, etc.  We are encouraging supervisors to urge their students and former students to post their abstracts.  Everyone has an interest in making this a lively and engaging enterprise and out of this we hope other international exchanges will emerge.

List of abstracts Abstracts of dissertations form

This is an exciting new venture in our attempts to build a global community of young sociologists. If you have further thoughts or suggestions don't hesitate to let us know: isa@isa-sociology.org.

Example abstract

Several non-profit environmental organizations are trying to counter the adverse effects of climate change. To finance their activities, they require donations. However, in today's society the number of people who donate to environmental organizations is decreasing, which is creating a funding gap. If organizations are to be able to continue their work, the number of donations must increase.

The aim of this study is to determine how individuals' intentions to donate to an environmental organization can be increased. To this end, the research question is as follows: To what extent does a potential donor's social distance to the victims of climate change portrayed in fund-raising campaigns affect his or her intention to make a donation? In this context, social distance is the extent to which people feel they are in the same social group (i.e., in-group) or another social group (i.e., out-group) in relation to climate change victims.

The research question is answered through an experiment that entails distributing an online questionnaire to respondents. These respondents are randomly divided into two conditions (namely large and small social distance). Based on their classification, they are then asked to comment on a different image from a fund-raising campaign. The responses received show that feeling a large social distance leads to more donation intentions that feeling a small social distance. These results indicate that social distance does have an impact on donation intentions.

On this basis, it is recommended that environmental groups portray a significant social distance in fund-raising campaigns for their climate change activities. Further research could be undertaken to identify other factors it would be helpful for such organizations to bear in mind when selecting the best images for such campaigns.

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