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Environment and Society Plus MySearchLab with eText / Edition 5
     

Environment and Society Plus MySearchLab with eText / Edition 5

by Charles L. Harper
 

ISBN-10: 0205863639

ISBN-13: 9780205863631

Pub. Date: 12/05/2011

Publisher: Pearson

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A sociological approach to human-environment relations

Environment and Society relates to a diverse audience and encompasses viewpoints from a variety of natural and social science approaches.

This integrative book about human-environment relations connects many issues about human societies, ecological systems, and environments with data and perspectives from different fields of study. Its viewpoint is primarily sociological and it is designed for courses in Environmental Sociology and Environmental Issues, or taught in departments of Sociology, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, and Human Geography.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book, readers should be able to:

  • Understand how environmental problems relate to human behavior, culture, and social institutions
  • Evaluate suggestions for changing the human-environment relationship to a more “sustainable” environment, society, and world order
  • Recognize the importance of worldviews and paradigms that have implicit basic assumptions about the “way the world works” and see how they shape the scholarship of experts in different fields
  • Examine the work and perspectives of economists, political scientists, anthropologists, geographers and policy analysts as they address environmental and ecological issues

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205863631
Publisher:
Pearson
Publication date:
12/05/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1.) BRIEF

2.) COMPREHENSIVE


BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Environment, Human Systems, and Social Science

Chapter 2: Humans and the Resources of the Earth: Sources and Sinks

Chapter 3: Global Climate Change

Chapter 4: Energy and Society

Chapter 5: Population, Environment, and Food

Chapter 6: Globalization, Growth, and Sustainability

Chapter 7: Transforming Structures: Markets and Politics

Chapter 8: Environmentalism: Ideology and Collective Action


COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface

Chapter 1: Environment, Human Systems, and Social Science

Ecocatastrophe or Ecohype?

Ecosystems: Concepts and Components

Sociocultural Systems

Ecosystem and Sociocultural Evolution: Human Ecology

Environmental Social Sciences

Conclusion: Environment, Ecosystems, and Human Systems

Personal Connections

Chapter 2: Humans and the Resources of the Earth: Sources and Sinks

Land and Soil

Water Resources

Biodiversity and Forests

Wastes and Pollution

Conclusion: The Resources of the Earth

Personal Connections

Chapter 3: Global Climate Change

Ozone Depletion and Ultraviolet Radiation

Turning Up the Heat: Global Warming

Do We Know Enough to Act?

Policy Options: What Could Be Done about Global Warming?

Personal Connections

Chapter 4: Energy and Society

A Historical Detour: Recent Energy Crises

Energy Problems: Environmental and Social

The Energetics of Human Societies

The Present Energy System and Its Alternatives

Barriers, Transitions, and Energy Policy

In Summary: Energy and the Risks We Take

Personal Connections

Chapter 5: Population, Environment, and Food

The Dynamics of Population Change

How Serious Is the Problem of World Population Growth?

Making Sense Out of This Controversy

Population, Food, and Hunger

Feeding Eight Billion People in the Next Fifty Years?

Stabilizing World Population: Policy Options

Conclusion

Personal Connections

Chapter 6: Globalization, Growth, and Sustainability

Globalization

Sustainability

Growth and Sustainability: Two Perspectives

Sustainable Societies?

Transformations and Sustainability: Social Change

Conclusion: A Transformation to Sustainability?

Personal Connections

Chapter 7: Transforming Structures: Markets and Politics

Markets

Politics and Policy

Possible Levers for Progress

The Global Political Economy and the Environment

Conclusion

Personal Connections

Chapter 8: Environmentalism: Ideology and Collective Action

American Environmentalism

Global Environmentalism

Environmentalism and Change

Environmentalism: How Successful?

In Conclusion

Personal Connections

Epilogue

References

Name Index

Subject Index

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