Environmental Sociology for the Twenty-First Century

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byNathan Young

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis uniquely Canadian text examines the relationship between humans and the environment, the social factors that cause environmental problems, and potential solutions to these problems. Exploring what sociologists can contribute to the study of environmental issues, this text also considers thehistorical relationship between humans and the natural world, theoretical perspectives, and such key topics as scarcity, sustainability, globalization, and natural disasters.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis uniquely Canadian text examines the relationship between humans and the environment, the social factors that cause environmental problems, and potential solutions to these problems. Exploring what sociologists can contribute to the study of environmental ...

Nathan Young holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of British Columbia. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa. His teaching and research interests include environmental sociology, natural resources, economic sociology, and the sociology of science and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.52 inPublished:August 1, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note: All chapters include:- Key Points- Questions for Critical Thought- Suggested Readings- Suggested Websites1. Thinking about the Human-Nature RelationshipIntroductionSociology: A Part of the Problem?HEP, NEP, and DWWThe Promise of SociologyConclusion2. Learning from the Past: Taking a Long View of the Human-Nature RelationshipIntroductionWelcome to the AnthropoceneToo Much of a Good Thing? The Problem of AbundanceDiminishing ReturnsThe Problem of TimeDrawing Lessons from the PastConclusion3. Environmentalism and Its OpponentsIntroductionA Brief History of EnvironmentalismThe Global Face of EnvironmentalismOpponents of EnvironmentalismConclusion4. The Great Debate: Social Constructionism vs. Environmental RealismIntroductionThe Debate (A Quick Overview)Strengths and Weaknesses of the Realist and Constructionist PerspectivesA Case Study: Global Climate ChangeConclusion5. Scarcity, Treadmills, and the Age of PeakIntroductionWhat Is Scarcity?The Treadmill of Production: On the Road to Disaster?A New Era of Absolute Scarcity, or Just More of the Same?Scarcity's ChildrenConclusion6. A Dangerous New World? The Risk Society ThesisIntroductionBeck's Risk Society ThesisCritiques of Beck and the Risk Society ThesisRisk in the Real WorldConclusion7. Making Capitalism Work? Sustainability, Neoliberalism, and Ecological Modernization TheoryIntroductionSustainabilityNeoliberalismEcological Modernization TheoryConclusion8. Globalization and the EnvironmentIntroductionWhat Is Globalization?Why Globalization Matters to the EnvironmentThe Optimistic View: Globalization as an Opportunity to Improve Environmental PerformanceThe Critical View: Globalization as a Major Environmental ProblemWhich Kind of Globalization?Conclusion9. Science and KnowledgeIntroductionWhy Science Matters to the EnvironmentWhere Does the Cultural Authority of Science Come From?The Democratic-Deficit ProblemThe Politicization ProblemOther Ways of KnowingFinding the Right Role for ScienceConclusion10. Disaster, Shock, and ResilienceIntroductionThe Age of DisastersIndividual and Collective Responses to DisasterVulnerability to DisasterConclusion11. Putting Humans and Nature Back TogetherIntroductionThree Perspectives on Humans and NatureConclusionGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"The text tackles difficult theoretical questions in a very accessible way and provides lots of empirical examples and case studies to ground these more theoretical discussions." --Kenneth Fish, University of Winnipeg