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Environment: A Sociological Introduction

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How are human societies changing the global environment?

Is sustainable development really possible?

Can environmental risks be avoided?

Is our experience of nature changing?

This book shows how questions about the environment cannot be properly answered without taking a sociological approach. It provides a comprehensive guide to the ways in which sociologists have responded to the challenge of environmental issues as diverse as global warming, ozone depletion, biodiversity loss and marine pollution. It also covers sociological ideas such as risk, interpretations of nature, environmental realism, ecological modernization and globalization. Environmentalism and green politics are also introduced. Unlike many other texts in the field, the book takes a long-term view, locating environmental dilemmas within the context of social development and globalization.

The Environment: A Sociological Introduction is unique in presenting environmental issues at an introductory level that assumes no specialist knowledge on the part of readers. The book is written in a remarkably clear and accessible style, and uses a rich range of empirical examples from across the globe to illustrate key debates. A carefully assembled glossary and annotated further reading suggestions also help to bring ideas to life.

The book will be a valuable resource for students in a range of disciplines, including sociology, geography and the environmental sciences, but also for anyone who wants to get to grips with contemporary environmental debates.

Synopsis:

This book shows how sociologists have responded to the challenge of environmental issues such as global warming, ozone depletion, biodiversity loss and marine pollution. It also covers sociological ideas such as risk, interpretations of nature, environmental realism, and globalization. It assumes no specialist knowledge on the part of readers.

About the Author

P.Sutton, Lecturer in Sociology, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Table of Contents

  • The Environment: A Sociological Introduction

  • Acknowledgements

  • Contents

  • Introduction

  • CHAPTER ONE Natural Environments

  • 1. Defining Nature and Environment

  • 2. Humans in Natural Environments

  • 3. Natural and Artificial Environments

  • 4. Conclusion

  • CHAPTER TWO Knowing the Environment

  • 1. Involvement and Detachment

  • 2. The Scientific Revolution

  • 3. Social Constructions of Nature

  • 4. Critical Realism

  • 5. Conclusion

  • CHAPTER THREE Experiencing the Environment

  • 1. An Environment of the Senses

  • 2. Experiencing Environments

  • 3. Ecological Identifications

  • 4. Ecological Citizenship

  • CHAPTER FOUR Transforming the Environment

  • 1. Social Development and the Environment

  • 2. Industrialization

  • 3. Urbanization

  • 4. The Treadmill of Production and Consumption

  • CHAPTER FIVE Polluting the Environment

  • 1. Types of Pollution

  • 2. Awareness and Significance of Pollution

  • 3. Sensitivity to Risks

  • 4. Conclusion

  • CHAPTER SIX Defending the Environment

  • 1. Changing Attitudes

  • 2. The Modern Origins of Nature Conservation

  • 3. The Development of Environmentalism

  • 4. Conclusion

  • CHAPTER SEVEN Politicising the Environment

  • 1. A Politics of Nature

  • 2. Ecologism: A New Political Ideology

  • 3. The Emergence of Green Parties

  • 4. Conclusion

  • CHAPTER EIGHT Sustaining the Environment

  • 1. The Idea of Sustainable Development

  • 2. A Brief History of Sustainable Development

  • 3. Sustainable Development in Practice

  • 4. Can Societies Become Sustainable?

  • 5. Conclusion

  • CHAPTER NINE A Global Environment?

  • 1. What is Globalization?

  • 2. The Biosphere as Environment

  • 3. Global Problems, Global Solutions?

  • 4. Conclusion

  • Glossary

  • Bibliography

  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780745634333
Author:
Sutton, Philip W.
Publisher:
Polity Press
Author:
Sutton, Philip
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Nature -- Effect of human beings on.
Subject:
Environmental Sociology
Subject:
Sociology Special Topics
Copyright:
Publication Date:
April 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
229 x 152 mm

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"Synopsis" by , This book shows how sociologists have responded to the challenge of environmental issues such as global warming, ozone depletion, biodiversity loss and marine pollution. It also covers sociological ideas such as risk, interpretations of nature, environmental realism, and globalization. It assumes no specialist knowledge on the part of readers.
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