Description : Society and the Environment examines today's environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context. After outlining the contours of 'pragmatic environmentalism', Carolan considers the pressures that exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth and its associated increased demands for food and energy. He also investigates how various ecological issues, such as climate change, are affecting our very own personal health. Finally, he drills into the social/structural dynamics (including political economy and the international legal system) that create ongoing momentum for environmental ills. This interdisciplinary text features a three-part structure in each chapter that covers 'fast facts' about the issue at hand, examines its wide-ranging implications, and offers balanced consideration of possible real-world solutions. New to this edition are 'Movement Matters' boxes, which showcase grassroots movements that have affected legislation. Discussion questions and key terms enhance the text's usefulness, making Society and the Environment the perfect learning tool for courses on environmental sociology.
Description : This book offers a critical analysis of core concepts that have influenced contemporary conversations about environment-society relations in academic, political, and civil circles. Considering these conceptualizations are currently shaping responses to environmental crises in fundamental ways, critical reflections on concepts such as the Anthropocene, metabolism, risk, resilience, environmental governance, environmental justice and others, are well-warranted. Contributors to this volume, working across a multitude of areas within environmental social science, scrutinize underlying worldviews and assumptions, asking a common set of key questions: What are the different concepts able to explain? How do they take into account society-environment relations? What social, cultural, or geo-political biases and blinders are inherent? What actions or practices do the concepts inspire? The transdisciplinary engagement and reflexivity regarding concepts of environment-society relations represented in these chapters is needed in all spheres of society—in academia, policy and practice—not the least to confront current tendencies of anti-reflexivity and denialism.
Description : 'Environment and Society' is an introduction to the sociological study of the environment. It emphasises the ways in which our conceptualisation of the relationship between environments and human societies differ historically and cross-culturally.
Description : This book looks at the different ways in which social scientists study environmental change and environmental problems. The history and geography of the relationship between environment and society is explored, as well as the social dilemmas and cultural considerations faced when confronting environmental issues. Societies' perception of, and response to, environment and risk are examined in detail. The book also considers the causes of local and global environmental problems, together with the policies implemented to control them and how these affect, and are affected by, the interests of organisations. Society and its Environment: An Introduction is the completely revised, expanded and internationalised edition of Tellegen and Wolsink's renowned Dutch textbook. It will be recommended reading for students and teachers of Environmental Studies and Sociology courses, as well as environmental managers and policy-makers and anyone seeking an understanding of how social attitudes shape our surroundings.
Description : [This text] is intended to provide students and interested readers with an introduction to environmental issues. More specifically, it is about human connections and impacts on the environment - and vice versa. The are many specialized researcher reports and monographs about particular environmental topics and issues, but ... this book is intended as an integrative vehicle for many different human and environmental issues. -Pref.
Description : Can sociology help us to tackle environmental problems? What can sociology tell us about the nature of the environment and about the origins and consequences of environmental risks, hazards and change? In this important new book Alan Irwin maps out this emerging field of knowledge, teaching and research. He reviews the key sociological debates in the field and sets out a new framework for analysis and practice. Among the themes examined are constructivism and realism, sustainable development and theories of the risk society. Readers are also introduced to communities at risk, institutional regulation and the environmental consequences of technology. Particular topics for discussion include genetically modified organisms, nuclear power, pesticide safety and the local hazards of the chemical industry. Rather than maintaining a fixed boundary between nature and society, Irwin highlights the hybrid character of environmental issues and emphasizes the role of social and cultural factors within environmental policy. Combining theoretical discussion and case-studies with a sensitivity to the concerns of environmental policy and practice, Sociology and the Environment provides an excellent introduction to an expanding and immensely important field. It will be a valuable text for students and scholars in sociology, geography, environmental studies and related disciplines.
Description : "A monumental and timely contribution to scholarship on society and environments. The handbook makes it easy and compelling for anyone to learn about that scholarship in its full manifestations and as represented by some of the most highly respected researchers and thinkers in the English-speaking world. It is wide-reaching in scope and far-reaching in its implications for public and private action, a definite must for serious researchers and their libraries." - Bonnie J McCay, Rutgers University "This is the desert island book for anyone interested in the relationship between society and the environment. The editors have assembled a masterful collection of contributions on every conceivable dimension of environmental thinking in the social sciences and humanities. No library should be without it!' - Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, it is organised in seven sections: Environmental thought: past and present Valuing the environment Knowledges and knowing Political economy of environmental change Environmental technologies Redesigning natures Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.
Description : Contemporary thinking favours local participation and local stake-holding under a decentralized, democratic framework as the just and efficient solution to contemporary South Asian environmental dilemmas and crises. In a series of case studies and more extensive audits, a group of mainly Nordic and American authors seek to substantiate, qualify or criticize this formula. Covering both urban and rural environments, the hills and the plains, the book provides insights into the actual management and mismanagement of resources in India and Pakistan. Contents Income Distribution and Environmental Degradation; The State and Local Management in Colonial Irrigation; Oral Histories of Environmental Change in Rajasthan; The Van Gujjars and the Rajaji National Park; Implementing International Regimes in India; Forest Contractors as Intermediaries in Pakistan's Forestry; Tragedy of Collective Action among farmers in South India; International production of Pesticides; Voluntary Organisations in Environmental Service Provision; The Use of Metaphor in Himalayan Resource Management.
Description : The twenty-first century raises important questions about the kind of education best suited to living in Australian society and its global context. Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) is a key part of the answer, and this book is an essential resource for those working in this learning area. It reviews the best theory and practice in planning curriculum and teaching in SOSE, and includes key teaching approaches relevant to Australian curricula. There are chapters on major curricular perspectives and conceptual strands, as well as on planning for teaching and assessment of key knowledge, processes, skills and values elements of SOSE. This third edition has been updated to incorporate recent developments in State syllabuses and frameworks, as well as relevant national curriculum projects, and includes new and expanded chapters on teaching thinking and experiential learning. A web site of additional supporting material accompanies the book. The book is designed both as an introduction to teaching for teacher education courses, and for practising teachers who are looking for an introductory guide to the latest theory and practice in the key learning area. It is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the development of Studies of Society and Environment in Australian schools.