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"This text is impressively comprehensive, and the treatment of the Global South is especially good. The material is sociological, engaging, and at an appropriate level for undergraduates. If I teach the course again, I would use this book." -Craig Humphrey, Pennsylvania State University
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"I built my environmental sociology syllabus around this book. Twenty Lessons provides an excellent introduction to topics studied by environmental sociologists. The critical/political economy perspectives reflect most thinking in environmental sociology today, which is not—unfortunately—reflected by the majority of textbooks in the field. That makes this particular book very important."—Eric Bonds, University of Colorado-Boulder

"Twenty Lessons is an excellent reader for an environmental sociology course. It provides a great group of essays by distinguished scholars in the field. It is one of the top books for an undergraduate environmental sociology course out there."—Stefano B. Longo, University of Illinois, Springfield

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195371123
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 556,667
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth A. Gould is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and Professor of Sociology and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Tammy L. Lewis is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and Professor of Sociology and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Gould and Lewis are coauthors of Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology (OUP, 2013) and Thirty Readings in Introductory Sociology (OUP, 2012).

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Table of Contents

1 An Introduction to Environmental Sociology Kenneth A. Gould Gould, Kenneth A. Tammy L. Lewis Lewis, Tammy L. 1

Pt. 1 Theory

2 The Social Construction of Nature: Of Computers, Butterflies, Dogs, and Trucks Stella M. Capek Capek, Stella M. 11

3 Theories in Environmental Sociology Luiz C. Barbosa Barbosa, Luiz C. 25

Pt. 2 Systemic Causes of Environmental Disruption

4 The State and Policy: Imperialism, Exclusion, and Ecological Violence as State Policy David Naguib Pellow Pellow, David Naguib 47

5 Labor Productivity and the Environment Allan Schnaiberg Schnaiberg, Allan 59

6 Corporate Power: The Role of the Global Media in Shaping What We Know About the Environment Elizabeth H. Campbell Campbell, Elizabeth H. 68

7 The Science of Nature and the Nature of Science Richard York York, Richard 85

8 Technological Change and the Environment Kenneth A. Gould Gould, Kenneth A. 95

9 Population, Demography, and the Environment Diane C. Bates Bates, Diane C. 107

Pt. 3 Some Social Consequences of Environmental Disruption

10 Environmental Inequality and Environmental Justice Michael Mascarenhas Mascarenhas, Michael 127

11 The Sociology of Environmental Health Sabrina McCormick McCormick, Sabrina 142

12 From Farms to Factories: The Environmental Consequences of Swine Industrialization in North Carolina Bob Edwards Edwards, Bob Adam Driscoll Driscoll, Adam 153

13 Understanding Disaster Vulnerability: Floods and Hurricanes Nicole Youngman Youngman, Nicole 176

14 Climate Change: Why the Old Approaches Aren't Working J. Timmons Roberts Roberts, J. Timmons 191

Pt. 4 Some Social Responses to Environmental Disruption

15 U.S. Environmental MovementsRobert J. Brulle Brulle, Robert J. 211

16 Labor and the Environment Brian K. Obach Obach, Brian K. 228

17 Environmental Movements in the Global South Tammy L. Lewis Lewis, Tammy L. 244

18 Indigenous Cultures: Environmental Knowledge, Practice, and Rights Bahram Tavakolian Tavakolian, Bahram 255

19 The Paradoxes of Sustainable Development: Focus on Ecotourism Kenneth A. Gould Gould, Kenneth A. Tammy L. Lewis Lewis, Tammy L. 269

20 Conclusion: Unanswered Questions and the Future of Environmental Sociology Kenneth A. Gould Gould, Kenneth A. Tammy L. Lewis Lewis, Tammy L. 290

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