The Environment: A Sociological Introduction / Edition 1

The Environment: A Sociological Introduction / Edition 1

by Philip W. Sutton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 074563432X

ISBN-13: 9780745634326

Pub. Date: 09/28/2007

Publisher: Wiley

How are human societies changing the global environment? Is sustainable development really possible? Can environmental risks be avoided? Is our experience of nature changing? This book shows how questions about the environment cannot be properly answered without taking a sociological approach. It provides a comprehensive guide to the ways in which sociologists have

Overview

How are human societies changing the global environment? Is sustainable development really possible? Can environmental risks be avoided? Is our experience of nature changing? This book shows how questions about the environment cannot be properly answered without taking a sociological approach. It provides a comprehensive guide to the ways in which sociologists have responded to the challenge of environmental issues as diverse as global warming, ozone depletion, biodiversity loss and marine pollution. It also covers sociological ideas such as risk, interpretations of nature, environmental realism, ecological modernization and globalization. Environmentalism and green politics are also introduced. Unlike many other texts in the field, the book takes a long-term view, locating environmental dilemmas within the context of social development and globalization.

The Environment: A Sociological Introduction is unique in presenting environmental issues at an introductory level that assumes no specialist knowledge on the part of readers. The book is written in a remarkably clear and accessible style, and uses a rich range of empirical examples from across the globe to illustrate key debates. A carefully assembled glossary and annotated further reading suggestions also help to bring ideas to life. The book will be a valuable resource for students in a range of disciplines, including sociology, geography and the environmental sciences, but also for anyone who wants to get to grips with contemporary environmental debates.

About the Author:
Philip W. Sutton is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745634326
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/28/2007
Series:
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Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vii
Preface     ix
Natural Environments     1
Defining Nature and Environment     1
Humans in Natural Environments     7
Natural and Artificial Environments     14
Conclusion     16
Knowing the Environment     18
Involvement and Detachment     18
The Scientific Revolution     22
Social Constructions of Nature     26
Critical Realism     32
Conclusion     36
Experiencing the Environment     38
An Environment of the Senses     38
Experiencing Environments     41
Ecological Identifications     44
Ecological Citizenship     52
Transforming the Environment     55
Social Development and the Environment     55
Industrialization     59
Urbanization     64
The Treadmill of Production and Consumption     67
Polluting the Environment     72
Types of Pollution     72
Awareness and Significance of Pollution     74
Sensitivity to Risks     80
Conclusion     88
Defending the Environment     91
Changing Attitudes     91
The Modern Origins of Nature Conservation     95
The Development of Environmentalism     99
Conclusion     107
Politicizing the Environment     109
A Politics of Nature     109
Ecologism: A New Political Ideology     113
The Emergence of Green Parties     116
Conclusion     124
Sustaining the Environment     126
The Idea of Sustainable Development     126
A Brief History of Sustainable Development     130
Sustainable Development in Practice     135
Can Societies Become Sustainable?     139
Conclusion     142
A Global Environment     144
What is Globalization?     144
The Biosphere as Environment     148
Global Problems, Global Solutions?     150
Conclusion     161
Glossary     164
References and Further Reading     170
Index     178

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