Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World

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Academic Press, Jan 2, 2018 - Nature - 406 pages

Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World provides a comprehensive overview of social ecological theory, research, and practice. Written by renowned expert Daniel Stokols, the book distills key principles from diverse strands of ecological science, offering a robust framework for transdisciplinary research and societal problem-solving. The existential challenges of the 21st Century - global climate change and climate-change denial, environmental pollution, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, disease pandemics, inter-ethnic violence and the threat of nuclear war, cybercrime, the Digital Divide, and extreme poverty and income inequality confronting billions each day - cannot be understood and managed adequately from narrow disciplinary or political perspectives.

Social Ecology in the Digital Age is grounded in scientific research but written in a personal and informal style from the vantage point of a former student, current teacher and scholar who has contributed over four decades to the field of social ecology. The book will be of interest to scholars, students, educators, government leaders and community practitioners working in several fields including social and human ecology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, criminology, law, education, biology, medicine, public health, earth system and sustainability science, geography, environmental design, urban planning, informatics, public policy and global governance.

Winner of the 2018 Gerald L. Young Book Award from The Society for Human Ecology "Exemplifying the highest standards of scholarly work in the field of human ecology." https://societyforhumanecology.org/human-ecology-homepage/awards/gerald-l-young-book-award-in-human-ecology/

  • The book traces historical origins and conceptual foundations of biological, human, and social ecology
  • Offers a new conceptual framework that brings together earlier approaches to social ecology and extends them in novel directions
  • Highlights the interrelations between four distinct but closely intertwined spheres of human environments: our natural, built, sociocultural, and virtual (cyber-based) surroundings
  • Spans local to global scales and individual, organizational, community, regional, and global levels of analysis
  • Applies core principles of social ecology to identify multi-level strategies for promoting personal and public health, resolving complex social problems, managing global environmental change, and creating resilient and sustainable communities
  • Underscores social ecology’s vital importance for understanding and managing the environmental and political upheavals of the 21st Century
  • Highlights descriptive, analytic, and transformative (or moral) concerns of social ecology
  • Presents strategies for educating the next generation of social ecologists emphasizing transdisciplinary, team-based, translational, and transcultural approaches
 

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Contents

A Personal Journey
1
2 Historical Origins and Conceptual Foundations of Social Ecology
21
3 Deriving Core Principles of Social Ecology
49
4 Rise of the InternetNavigating Our Onlineand PlaceBased Ecologies
89
5 Promoting Personal and Public Health
137
6 Confronting Complex Social Problems
181
7 Managing Global Environmental Change
223
8 Designing Resilient and Sustainable Communities
265
9 Educating the Next Generationof Social Ecologists
319
10 Epilogue
351
Author Index
361
Subject Index
375
Backcover
401
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Daniel Stokols is widely known for his contributions to the fields of social ecology, environmental and ecological psychology, public health, and transdisciplinary team science. He is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine and served as founding dean of UCI’s School of Social Ecology. Stokols also has served as consultant to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the W.M.
Keck and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, and several community organizations. He is co-author of Behavior, Health, and Environmental Stress (1986), the National Academy of Sciences report on Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science (2015), editor of Perspectives on Environment and Behavior (1977), and co-editor of the Handbook of Environmental Psychology (1987), Environmental Simulation (1993) and Promoting Human Wellness (2002).