Cultures of Environmentalism: Empirical Studies in Environmental Sociology

Paperback | October 15, 2009

bySteven Yearley

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This concise and clearly written book, now available in paperback, demonstrates the power and scope of empirical analysis in environmental sociology. In doing so, it provides an antidote to the recent dominance of abstract theoretical disputes in sociological work on nature and the environment.

Dividing the author's first-hand research studies into three categories -- on cultures of movement, on environment, law and public policy, and on cultures of knowing and proving -- this text uses case studies, interviews, focus-group techniques and observational analyses to explore the development of environmentalism and the environmental movement. The analyses enable the reader to understand how environmental disputes are contested, perpetuated and resolved. The cases are carefully documented with extensive use of original materials. Drawing on the substantive findings in the empirical chapters, the book concludes with an original sociological treatment of the challenges that will face attempts to live sustainably. It is essential reading for students and academics in sociology, social anthropology, social geography and cultural studies.

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This concise and clearly written book, now available in paperback, demonstrates the power and scope of empirical analysis in environmental sociology. In doing so, it provides an antidote to the recent dominance of abstract theoretical disputes in sociological work on nature and the environment. Dividing the author's first-hand research...

STEVEN YEARLEY is Professor of the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge at the University of Edinburgh, UK and Director of the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum.  His publications include Sociology, Environmentalism, Globalization and Making Sense of Science.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230237118

ISBN - 13:9780230237117

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Studying Environmental Issues Sociologically
PART I: CULTURES OF MOVEMENT: THE SOCIOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENTS AND PROBLEMS
Social Movement Theory and the Character of Environmental Social Movements
Shell, a Sure Target for Global Environmental Campaigning? [with John Forrester]
How Environmental Problems Come to be 'Global': Sociological Perspectives on the Globalization of the Environment
PART II: STUDIES OF THE ENVIRONMENT, LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY
Bog Standards: Contesting Conservation Value at a Public Inquiry
Independence and Impartiality in Legal Defences of the Environment
Modelling the Environment: Participation, Trust and Legitimacy in Urban Air-Quality Models
PART III: CULTURES OF KNOWING AND PROVING: SCIENCE, EVIDENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Green Ambivalence about Science
Mad about the Buoy: Trust and Method in the Brent Spar Controversy
Genetically Modified Organisms and the Unbearable Irresolution of Testing
The Value of Environmental Sociology: Towards a Sociology of the Sustainable Society
Bibliographic References

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"In combining insights from contemporary science studies and environmental sociology, Steve Yearley masterfully picks out the organizational structures most relevant to fostering different types and outcomes of environmentalist ideas in today's cultures of environmental campaigning and activism...The book's lack of sociological jargon and focus on concrete case studies makes it a great read for upper undergraduate and graduate courses in all the social sciences dealing with environmental topics."--Matthias Gross, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig, Germany  "Yearley’s book is wonderfully written, thoroughly documented and exhibits a remarkable conceptual elegance. Therefore, the book would likely appeal to both an academic and non-academic audience. Students and scholars interested in environmental sociology, social movements or sustainable development would benefit greatly from reading these very well crafted empirical studies. At the same time, the book could help individuals from NGOs or the mass media enrich their hands-on experience with a broader socio-cultural understanding of the nature-society nexus."--Filip Alexandrescu, University of Toronto, Canada; Candadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology"'The greatest value of the book lies in the specific empirical studies it contains.. These can be used in the classroom and also to illustrate general arguments about the relationship between scientific studies of environment and their social context." --Arjun Agrawal, University of Michigan, American Journal of Sociology "...the absence of abstruse terminology and the fact that the interpretations remain close to the data make these case studies exceptionally well-suited for use as supplementary reading assignments for undergraduate or graduate courses in environmental sociology." --Bill Markham, University of North Carolina-Greensboro