The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society

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The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
"Fifty-eight international (e.g., from Australia, England, India, Germany, Sweden, US) physical, biological, environmental, and social scientists have contributed authoritatively insightful and instructive perspectives and assessments of the myriad environment-society links confronting the contemporary milieu. "— E.J. Kormondy, chancellor-emeritus
Choice Magazine - E.J. Kormondy
"Fifty-eight international (e.g., from Australia, England, India, Germany, Sweden, US) physical, biological, environmental, and social scientists have contributed authoritatively insightful and instructive perspectives and assessments of the myriad environment-society links confronting the contemporary milieu."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412918435
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/29/2007
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

I am Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. I was Head of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2004-2008. I joined the Department in 1997, having worked for ten years at the International Institute for Environment and Development, where I was director of their sustainable agriculture programme from 1989. Before that, I worked at Imperial College. At the University of Essex, I set up the Centre for Environment and Society, which links across a variety of departments and disciplines. I was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University for six years from 2001.

Andys research if focused on the response, in terms of activity and diversity of the microbial community to environmental perturbations. One of his major interests is teh bioremediation of contaminated land and water, using both laboratory and field based research to examine the potential role of microbial communities in the treatment of waste oils and also in the factors limiting the breakdown of contaminants in contaminated sites.

MAX J. PFEFFER is International Professor of Development Sociology and Senior Associate Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His teaching concentrates on environmental sociology and sociological theory. His research spans several areas including rural labor markets, international migration, land use and environmental planning. The work has focused on a variety of rural and urban communities, including rural/urban fringe areas. Research sites include rural New York and Central America. He has been awarded competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Research Initiative and its Fund for Rural America, and the Social Science Research Council. Pfeffer has published a wide range of scholarly articles and has written/co-edited four books. He recently published (with John Schelhas) Saving Forests, Protecting People? Environmental Conservation in Central America. Max has served on and led National Research Council committees of the Water Science and Technology Board. Max has served as Chair of the Development Sociology Department, and the Associate Director of both the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cornell University Center for the Environment.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Environment and Society - Jules Pretty, Andrew S. Ball, Ted Benton, Julia S. Guivant, David R. Lee, David Orr, Max J. Pfeffer and Hugh Ward
From Locke and Rousseau to Darwin and Wallace - Ted Benton Humans and Nature
Anarchism, Libertarianism and Environmentalism - Damian F. White and Gideon Kossoff
Anti-authoritarian Thought and the Search for Self-organising Societies
Ecofeminism - Mary Mellor
Linking Gender and Ecology
Deep Ecology - Ted Benton
Greening the Left? From Marx to World-system Theory - Ted Benton
Human Relationships, Nature, and the Built Environment - Warwick Fox
Problems that any General Ethics must be able to Address
Anti-Environmentalism - Damian F. White, Chris P. Wilbert and Alan Rudy
Prometheans, Contrarians and Beyond
Fundamental Economic Questions for Choosing Environmental Management Instruments - Thomas D. Crocker
Valuing Preferences regarding Environmental Change - Ian J. Bateman
Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services - Randall A. Kramer
Assessing Environment-Development Tradeoffs - David R. Lee
A Developing Country Perspective
Water Policy, Economics, and the EU Framework Directive - Joe Morris
Ecological Design and Education - David W. Orr
Knowing Systems and the Environment - Richard Bawden
Volunteer Environmental Monitoring, Knowledge Creation and Citizen-scientist Interaction - Max Pfeffer and Linda Wagenet
Environmental Ethics - Val Plumwood
Biocultural Diversity and Sustainability - Luisa Maffi
Representative Democracy and Environmental Problem Solution - Ron Johnson
Political Ecology from Landscapes to Genomes - Ron J. Herring
Science and Interests
Protest Movements, Environmental Activism and Environmentalism in the United Kingdom - Steven Griggs and David Howarth
Faces of the Sustainability Transition - Tim O'Riordan
The Greening of Business - Christina Page and Amory Lovins
Opportunity or Contradiction?
The Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change - Thomas J. Wilbanks and Patricia Romero-Lankao
Healthy Environments - Howard Frumkin
Air pollution - Ian Colbeck
History of Actions and Effectiveness of Change
Terrestrial Environments, Soils and Bioremediation - Andrew S. Ball
Regenerating Aquaculture - Stuart W. Bunting
Enhancing Aquatic Resources Management, Livelihoods and Conservation
Shopping for Green Food in Globalizing Supermarkets - Peter Oosterveer, Julia Guivant and Gert Spaargaren
Sustainability at the Consumption Junction
Healthy Ecosystems - David J. Rapport
An Evolving Paradigm
Environment and Human Security - Laura Little and Chris Cocklin
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems - Jules Pretty
Animals and Society - Henry Buller and Carol Morris
Social Change and Conservation - Madhav Gadgil
Coral Reefs and People - Dave Smith, Sarah Pilgrim and Leanne Cullen
The Role of Science and Scientists in Environmental Policy - Jon Hastie
Integrated Social-ecological Systems and Adaptive Governance for Ecosystem Services - Carl Folke, Johan Colding, Per Olsson, and Thomas Hahn
Contested Ground in Nature Protection - Steven R. Brechin, Grant Murray and Charles Benjamin
Current Challenges and Opportunities in Community-based Natural Resources and Protected Areas Management
Institutions, Collective Action and Effective Forest Management - Harini Nagendra and Elinor Ostrom
Learning from Studies in Nepal
The Precautionary Principle in Environmental Policies - Albert Weale
Environmental Risks and Public Perceptions - Ulrich Beck and Cordula Kropp
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