Enviroment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues (2-downloads)

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Routledge, Aug 26, 2015 - Social Science - 336 pages
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Environment and Society relates to a diverse audience and encompasses viewpoints from a variety of natural and social science approaches.


This integrative book about human-environment relations connects many issues about human societies, ecological systems, and environments with data and perspectives from different fields of study. Its viewpoint is primarily sociological and it is designed for courses in Environmental Sociology and Environmental Issues, or taught in departments of Sociology, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, and Human Geography.

 

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Contents

Preface
Aboutthe Author
Sociocultural Systems
Human Ecology
Environmental Social Sciences
Environment Ecosystems and Human Systems
Personal Connections
SOURCES
Barriers Transitions and Energy Policy
POPULATION ENVIRONMENT AND FOOD
How Serious Is the Problem of World Population Growth?
Making Sense Out of This Controversy
Feeding Nine Billion People in the Next Fifty Years?
Policy Options
Personal Connections
GLOBALIZATION INEQUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY

Water Resources
Biodiversity and Forests
Wastes and Pollution
The Resources of the Earth
Electronic Resources
Ozone Depletion and Ultraviolet Radiation
Global Warming
Do We Know Enough to Act?
What Could Be Done About Global Warming?
Understanding Uncertainty and Risk
Conclusion
ENERGY AND SOCIETY
Environmental and Social
The Energetics of Human Societies
Two Perspectives
More Sustainable Societies?
MARKETS AND POLITICS
Politics and Policy
Possible Levers for Progress
The Global Political Economy and the Environment
Endnote
IDEOLOGY AND COLLECTIVE
Global Environmentalism
Popular Support and Change
Personal Connections
Glossary
References
Copyright

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About the author (2015)

Charles Harper is a professor of sociology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. As a member of the faculty there since 1968, he has developed and taught numerous courses in the sociology department. Dr. Harper’s teaching and scholarly interests inolve the study of social change, globalization, the sociology of religion, social theory, and environmental sociology. He has published papers in a variety of academic journals.

Along with Environment and Society, Dr. Harper is the author of two other textbooks. Co-authored with Kevin Leicht, his book Exploring Social Change: America and the World (Prentice Hall, 2007) is now in its Fifth Edition. Another book, Food, Society, and Environment (Prentice Hall, 2003) was co-authored with Bryan F. LeBeau. .

As an undergraduate, Dr. Harper studied biology and the natural sciences. He received a bachelor’s degree from Central Missouri State University, a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

He and his wife, Anne, live close to Creighton’s campus near a “clan” of adult children, stepchildren, and grandchildren. He also enjoys traveling, bicycling, and reading.

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