The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology (Google eBook)

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M. R. Redclift, Graham Woodgate
Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 448 pages
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Acclaim for the first edition: 'The scope of the volume is vast and, overall, the Handbook amounts to an almost encyclopaedic reference text for scholars of environmental questions across the social sciences, be they in sociology, geography, political science or wherever.' – Neil Ward, Environmental Politics 'Each author writes with a distinctive style, yet the work flows well because the editors selected recognized scholars with outstanding credentials. Academic libraries, especially those serving a strong social science community, will find this work a worthwhile addition. Professors of sociology and environmental studies could use the essays for additional readings and reviews.' – Marjorie H. Jones, American Reference Books 'This International Handbook is an important addition to the growing concern and publication in the field of environmental sociology. Certainly any serious scholar in the field should find this edited reference work of interest. . .' – John J. Hartman, International Social Science Review This thoroughly revised Handbook provides an assessment of the scope and content of environmental sociology, and sets out the intellectual and practical challenges posed by the urgent need for policy and action to address accelerating environmental change. More than a decade has passed since the first edition of the Handbook was published to considerable acclaim, and environmental sociology has since become firmly established as a critical social science discipline. This second edition is a major interdisciplinary reference work comprising more than 25 original essays authored by leading scholars, many of whom are intimately involved in national, regional or global environmental policy processes. It marks some of the changes and continuities in the field of environmental sociology, and highlights today's substantive concerns and theoretical debates. The Handbook is divided into three parts covering concepts and theories, critical issues and international perspectives, each with an introduction outlining the content of the constituent chapters and cross-referencing some of the more significant themes that link them together. Authoritative and comprehensive, this Handbook will prove to be essential reading for academics, researchers and students across the social sciences who are interested in the environment. It will also be enthusiastically received by sustainable development policy-makers and practitioners.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
PART I CONCEPTS AND THEORIES IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
9
Editorial commentary
11
from constructivism and realism to agnosticism and pragmatism
15
2 Social institutions and environmental change
33
the DunlapButtel debates
48
4 Ecological modernization as a social theory of environmental reform
63
theoretical and empirical challenges
77
14 Science and the environment in the twenty first century
212
agricultural biotechnology and nanotechnology
226
developments considerations and new directions
245
17 Globalization convergence and the EuroAtlantic development model
262
18 Environmental hazards and human disasters
276
why social structure matters and how addressing it can help break the impasse
292
historical overview and future directions
311
PART III INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
327

6 Postconstructivist political ecologies
91
7 Marxs ecology and its historical significance
106
the crises of environment and markets
121
from human exceptionalism to coping with exceptional global environmental change
136
an integrating concept for socioenvironmental change
150
11 The emergence model of environment and society
164
environment research and absurdity in the age of stupid
179
PART II SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
189
Editorial commentary
191
13 Animals and us
197
Editorial commentary
329
21 The role of place in the margins of space
334
22 Society environment and development in Africa
349
climate change biodiversity and agriculture in Australia
364
24 Environmental reform in modernizing China
378
25 Civic engagement in environmental governance in Central and Eastern Europe
394
26 A sustaining conservation for Mexico?
408
Index
427
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