Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives

Paperback | September 10, 2015

EditorRiley E. Dunlap, Robert J. Brulle

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Climate change is one of the most critical issues of the twenty-first century, presenting a major intellectual challenge to both the natural and social sciences. While there has been significant progress in natural science understanding of climate change, social science analyses have not beenas fully developed. Climate Change and Society breaks new theoretical and empirical ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, institutions, and cultural practices. This collection of essays summarizes existing approaches to understanding the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of climate change. From the factors that drive carbon emissions to those which influence societal responses to climate change, the volume provides a comprehensiveoverview of the social dimensions of climate change. An improved understanding of the complex relationship between climate change and society is essential for modifying ecologically harmful human behaviors and institutional practices, creating just and effective environmental policies, anddeveloping a more sustainable future. Climate Change and Society provides a useful tool in efforts to integrate social science research, natural science research, and policymaking regarding climate change and sustainability. Produced by the American Sociological Association's Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, this book presents a challenging shift from the standard climate change discourse, and offers a valuable resource for students, scholars, and professionals involved in climate change research andpolicy.

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Climate change is one of the most critical issues of the twenty-first century, presenting a major intellectual challenge to both the natural and social sciences. While there has been significant progress in natural science understanding of climate change, social science analyses have not beenas fully developed. Climate Change and Socie...

Riley E. Dunlap is Dresser Professor and Regents Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University, Past President of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Environment and Society, and Past Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Environment and Technology. He is senior editor of the ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 1.3 inPublished:September 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199356114

ISBN - 13:9780199356119

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Table of Contents

1. Robert J. Brulle and Riley E. Dunlap: Sociology and Global Climate Change: Introduction2. Eugene A. Rosa, Thomas K. Rudel, Richard York, Andrew K. Jorgenson, and Thomas Dietz: The Human (Anthropogenic) Driving Forces of Global Climate Change3. Charles Perrow and Simone Pulver: Market Organizations and Environments4. Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez and Juliet B. Schor with Wokje Abrahamse, Alison Alkon, Jonn Axsen, Keith Brown, Rachel Shwom, Dale Southerton, Hal Wilhite: Consumption and Climate Change5. Sharon L. Harlan, David N. Pellow, J. Timmons Roberts, Shannon E. Bell, William G. Holt, and Joane Nagel: Climate Justice and Inequality: Insights from Sociology6. JoAnn Carmin, Kathleen Tierney, Eric Chu, Lori M. Hunter, J. Timmons Roberts, and Linda Shi: Adaptation to Climate Change: Sociological Perspectives7. Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Thomas K. Rudel, Kari Marie Norgaard, and Jeffrey Broadbent: Mitigating Climate Change: Sociological Perspectives8. Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Robert Brulle, and Andrew Szasz: Civil Society, Social Movements, and Climate Change9. Rachael L. Shwom, Aaron M. McCright, Steven R. Brechin, Riley E. Dunlap, Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, and Lawrence C. Hamilton: Public Opinion on Climate Change10. Riley E. Dunlap and Aaron M. McCright: Challenging Climate Change: The Denial Countermovement11. Robert J. Antonio and Brett Clark: The Climate Change Divide in Social Theory12. Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, Andrew K. Jorgenson, and Lawrence C. Hamilton: Methodological Approaches for Sociological Research on Climate Change13. Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle: Bringing Sociology into Climate Change Research and Climate Change into Sociology: Concluding Observations

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"Though more work always remains, the physical sciences have accomplished their core task when it comes to climate change. We know what we need to know about the causes and consequences of our actions. What we don't know is how to stop ourselves, which is why this book--and the socialsciences--are so important from here on out." --Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Schumann Distinguished Scholar, Middlebury College