Environmental Sociology

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 3, 2006 - Political Science - 194 pages
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This new edition of John Hannigan's well-known and respected text has been thoroughly revised to reflect recent conceptual and empirical advances in environmental sociology. The book offers a distinctive and even-handed treatment of environmental issues and debates, integrating European theoretical contributions such as risk society and ecological modernization with North American empirical insights and findings. Key updates include:

  • an extended discussion of how classic sociological theory relates to contemporary environmental sociology
  • a critical overview of contemporary interdisciplinary perspectives, namely co-constructionist theories of ‘socionature’
  • a focus on cultural sociologies of the environment, notably discourse analysis and social framing
  • updated coverage of the environmental justice movement and grassroots mobilizations
  • a review of the linkages between environmental sociology and the sociology of disasters
  • a brand new case history chapter on the escalating global conflict over freshwater resources.

Making a strong case for centrally incorporating power relations into a realist/constructionist model of environmental knowledge, politics and policy-making, this book includes a comparative analysis of the USA, Britain and Canada, and will prove a valuable student resource.

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User Review  - Revati Ahuja - Goodreads

Great Book , It opens your mind to Social Constructionist approach and gives a new perspective on the relationship between man and environment Read full review

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User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

An interesting view on how environmental issues are framed. Worth reading if you have interests in the environment, media, or the construction of knowledge. Read full review

About the author (2006)

John Hannigan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and author of two major books Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective (1995) and Fantasy City: Pleasure and Profit in the Postmodern City (1998), both published by Routledge.

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