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Sociological Theory and the Environment is a comprehensive survey and assessment of sociological theories of the relations between societies and their "natural" biophysical environment. This book touches on and addresses virtually all of the major perspectives, focal points, and debates in environmental sociology today—classical and twentieth century social theories, macro-micro linkage issues, globalization and development, reflexive modernization, ecological modernization vs. "limits" viewpoints, modernity and post modernity, risk society, constructionalism-realism, environmental movements/identities, consumption and environment, cultural sociologies of the environment, and so on. At the same time, the book aims to go beyond an inventory of environmental sociological theory. Sociological Theory and the Environment stresses how new ground can be broken in the articulation of environmental sociology with major classical and contemporary sociological theories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742501867
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part I Introduction and Overview
1 Sociological Theory and the Environment: An Overview and Introduction 3
Part II The Classical Tradition and Environmental Sociology
2 Environmental Sociology and the Classical Sociological Tradition: Some Observations on Current Controversies 35
3 A Green Marxism? Labor Processes, Alienation, and the Division of Labor 51
4 Ecological Materialism and the Sociology of Max Weber 73
5 Has the Durkheim Legacy Misled Sociology? 90
Part III Environmental Sociology and Twentieth-Century Sociological Theory
6 Social Theory and the Environment: A Systems-Theoretical Perspective 119
7 Dynamic Constellations of the Individual, Society, and Nature: Critical Theory and Environmental Sociology 144
8 World-System Theory and the Environment: Toward a New Synthesis 167
Part IV Sociological Theory and Environmental Sociology in the Late 1990s: Modernity, Culture, and the Natural World
9 Modernity, Politics, and the Environment: A Theoretical Perspective 197
10 Inconspicuous Consumption: The Sociology of Consumption, Lifestyles, and the Environment 230
11 Social Theory and Ecological Politics: Reflexive Modernization or Green Socialism? 252
12 The Social Construction of Environmental Problems: A Theoretical Review and Some Not-Very-Herculean Labors 274
13 When the Global Meets the Local: Critical Reflections on Reflexive Modernization 286
14 Cultural Analysis and Environmental Theory: An Agenda 311
Part V Sociological Paradigms and Environmental Sociology
15 Paradigms, Theories, and Environmental Sociology 329
Index 351
About the Contributors 355
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2004

    great teaching tool and research source

    I was very pleased when this edited volume became available. I teach environmental sociology at a major University that offers very few social science courses concerning the environment. Thus, students are not too well versed in these areas. However, my students are rather engaged by the various chapters in this volume--both the classical and contemporary approaches. This book is a very effective set of readings to use as a supplement for a textbook, or a great source for social theory courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of the chapters are so well written that I cite them in my research! I highly recommend this volume for faculty teaching environmental sociology and/or social theory, and also for those that are in need of a relatively quick yet thorough updating of the current state of theoretical approaches to the relationship between humans and the environment.

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