Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction is an overview of the diverse conceptual tools and traditions for thinking about, explaining and addressing the environmental challenges we face in the contemporary world.

  • Provides an introduction to the environmental challenges we face in the contemporary world through foundational theoretical ideas illustrated with concrete, everyday examples
  • Utilizes compelling, conversational language to expound on theory, history, and scientific topics, making the text accessible to a diverse readership
  • Draws upon contemporary theoretical understandings in nature/society theory while demonstrating through practice and deployment
  • Includes discussion of key historical events, topical issues, and policies, as well as scientific concepts
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"Combining theory and case material, this title provides an accessible insight into one of the most important issues of our time." (The Environmentalist, May 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405187602
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2010
  • Series: Critical Introductions to Geography Series , #9
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 815,524
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Robbins is a Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, Tucson. His current research centers on the relationships between individuals, environmental actors, and the institutions that connect them. Robbins is also the author of Political Ecology: A Critical Introduction (2004) and Lawn People: How Grasses Weeds and Chemicals Make us Who We Are (2007).

John Hintz is Assistant Professor of Geography and Geosciences at the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. His current research focuses on land use conflicts, environmental policy, and the US environmental movement. He has most recently published in the journals Capitalism Nature Socialism and Ethics, Place and Environment.

Sarah A. Moore is Assistant Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Her research focuses on urban development politics, urban environmental issues, and environmental justice in the United States and Latin America. Her publications include articles in the Professional Geographer and Society and Natural Resources.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Text Boxes

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: The View from Clifton Bridge

What Is This Book?

Part I: Approaches and Perspectives:

2. Population and Scarcity

A Crowded Desert City

The Problem of "Geometric" Growth

Population, Development, and Environment Impact

The Other Side of the Coin: Population and Innovation

Limits to Population: An Effect Rather than a Cause?

Thinking with Population

3. Markets and Commodities

The Bet

Managing Environmental Bads: The Coase Theorem

Market Failure

Market-Based Solutions to Environmental Problems

Beyond Market Failure: Gaps between Nature and Economy

Thinking with Markets

4. Institutions and "The Commons"

Controlling Carbon?

The Prisoner’s Dilemma

The Tragedy of the Commons

The Evidence and Logic of Collective Action

Crafting Sustainable Environmental Institutions

Are All Commoners Equal? Does Scale Matter?

Thinking with Institutions

5. Environmental Ethics

The Price of Cheap Meat

Improving Nature: From Biblical Tradition to John Locke

Gifford Pinchot vs. John Muir in Yosemite, California

Aldo Leopold and "The Land Ethic"

Liberation for Animals!

Holism, Scientism, and Pragmatism? Oh My!

Thinking with Ethics

6. Risks and Hazards

The Great Flood of 1993

Environments as Hazard

The Problem of Risk Perception

Risk as Culture

Beyond Risk: The Political Economy of Hazards

Thinking with Hazards and Risk

7. Political Economy

The Strange Logic of "Under-pollution"

Labor, Accumulation, and Crisis

Production of Nature

Global Capitalism and the Ecology of Uneven Development

Social Reproduction and Nature

Environments and Economism

Thinking with Political Economy

8. Social Construction of Nature

Welcome to the Jungle

So You Say It’s "Natural"?

Environmental Discourse

The Limits of Constructivism: Science, Relativism, and the Very Material World

Thinking with Construction

Part II: Objects of Concern:

9. Carbon Dioxide

Stuck in Pittsburgh Traffic

A Short History of CO2

Institutions: Climate Free-Riders and Carbon Cooperation

Markets: Trading More Gases, Buying Less Carbon

Political Economy: Who Killed the Atmosphere?

The Carbon Puzzle

10. Trees

Chained to a Tree in Berkeley California

A Short History of Trees

Population and Markets: The Forest Transition Theory

Political Economy: Accumulation and Deforestation

Ethics, Justice, and Equity: Should Trees Have Standing?

The Tree Puzzle

11. Wolves

January 12, 1995, Yellowstone National Park

A Short History of Wolves

Ethics: Rewilding the Northeast

Institutions: Stakeholder Management

Social Construction: Of Wolves and Men Masculinity

The Wolf Puzzle

12. Tuna

Blood Tuna

A Short History of Tuna

Markets and Commodities: Eco-Labels to the Rescue?

Political Economy: Re-regulating Fishery Economies

Ethics and Ecocentrism: The Social Construction of Charismatic Species

The Tuna Puzzle

13. Bottled Water

A Tale of Two Bottles

A Short History of Bottled Water

Population: Bottling for Scarcity?

Risk: Health and Safety in a Bottle?

Political Economy: Manufacturing Demand on an Enclosed Commons

The Bottled Water Puzzle

14. French Fries

MMM-MMM Good

A Short History of the Fry

Risk Analysis: Eating What We Choose and Choosing What We Eat

Political Economy: Eat Fries or Else!

Ethics: Protecting or Engineering Potato Heritage?

The French Fry Puzzle

Glossary

References

Index

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