Environmental Sociology / Edition 1

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This environmental sociology reader emphasizes utilizing the sociological imagination to examine the race, class, gender, and other power dimensions that intersect environmental issues. It includes excerpts from recently published pieces that use various sociological perspectives, especially critical frameworks, to examine a wide range of topics-from the globalization of hazardous wastes and industries to mountaintop removal for mining to the construction of nature in a television sitcom.

This second edition, like the first, aims to engage undergraduate students and includes nine new selections chosen from recent work. A section on social constructionism has been added, and the section on science, risk, and health has been expanded to mirror the increased interest in that field. This new edition also includes a chapter on climate change and new selections in the section "Thinking about Change/Working for Change," which helps students see how individuals can affect the future of the planet through their actions.

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Editorial Reviews

Highly recommended.
Highly recommended.
G. B. Osborne
This collection of contemporary works is organized around the premise that environmental decline has sociological dimensions. Social and political institutions have environmental impacts that must be properly understood if humans want to reverse environmental degradation. Woven throughout is the central contention that environmental decision making is dependent on systems of power relations or individual levels of power.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742535084
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 518
  • Product dimensions: 1.04 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie King is assistant professor of sociology and environmental science and policy at Smith College. Deborah McCarthy is assistant professor in sociology and anthropology at the College of Charleston.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : environmental problems require social solutions
1 The vulnerable planet 3
2 Mountaintop removal in West Virginia : an environmental sacrifice zone 16
3 The people of the forest against international capitalism : systemic and anti-systemic forces in the battle for the preservation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest 29
4 Tourism, environmentalism, and cultural survival in Quintana Roo 43
5 Treadmill predispositions and social responses : population, consumption, and technological change 61
6 Oakland's Fruitvale transit village : building an environmentally sound vehicle for neighborhood revitalization 73
7 American environmentalism : the role of race, class and gender in shaping activism 1820-1995 87
8 Turning public issues into private troubles : lead contamination, domestic labor, and the exploitation of women's unpaid labor in Australia 107
9 Environmental justice : grassroots activism and its impact on public policy decision making 120
10 Forty years of spotted owls? : a longitudinal analysis of logging industry job losses 139
11 The next revolutionary stage : recycling waste or recycling history? 156
12 Silent spill : the organization of an industrial crisis 173
13 Corporate responsibility for toxins 188
14 Tangled routes : women, work, and globalization on the tomato trail 205
15 Driving south : the globalization of auto consumption and its social organization of space 226
16 The environmental justice movement : equitable allocation of the costs and benefits of environmental management outcomes 240
17 Touch the magic 255
18 The nature of future myths : environmental discourse in science fiction film, 1950-1999 274
19 Selling "mother earth" : advertising and the myth of the natural 292
20 The social construction of cancer : a walk upstream 309
21 Science in environmental conflicts 326
22 Risk and recruitment : patterns of social mobilization in a government town 341
23 Transnational protest and the corporate planet : the case of Mitsubishi Corporation versus the Rainforest Action Network 357
24 Coalition building between native American and environmental organizations in opposition to development : the case of the new Los Padres dam project 371
25 Hunting and the politics of identity in Ontario 394
26 A special moment in history : the future of population 411
27 Cuba : a successful case study of sustainable agriculture 430
28 Cleaning the closet : toward a new fashion ethic 439
29 On the trail of courageous behavior 451
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