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This accomplished book argues that we can only make sense of environmental issues if we consider them as part of a more encompassing process of social transformation. It asks whether there is an emerging consensus between social scientists on the central issues in the debate on environmental change, and if concerns about the environment constitute a major prop to the process of globalization?

The book provides a thorough discussion of the central themes in environmental sociology, identifying two traditions: ecological modernization theory and risk society theory.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
List of Contributors
1 Introduction: Globalization, Modernity and the Environment 1
2 Classical Theory and Contemporary Environmental Sociology: some reflections on the antecedents and prospects for reflexive modernization theories in the study of environment and society 17
3 Ecological Modernization Theory and the Changing Discourse on Environment and Modernity 41
4 Modern Theories of Society and the Environment: the Risk Society 73
5 Social Constructions and Social Constrictions: toward analyzing the social construction of 'the naturalized' as well as 'the natural' 103
6 Globalization and Environment: between apocalypse-blindness and ecological modernization 121
7 Environmental Social Theory for a Globalizing World Economy 151
8 The Ideology of Ecological Modernization in 'Double-Risk' Societies: a case study of Lithuanian environmental policy 163
9 Political Modernization Theory and Environmental Politics 187
10 Ecological Modernization and Post-Ecologist Politics 209
11 Self-organizing Complexity, Conscious Purpose and 'Sustainable Development' 229
Index 255
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