Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues by Michael CarolanSociety and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues by Michael Carolan

Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues

byMichael Carolan

Paperback | August 4, 2016

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Society and the Environment examines today's environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context. After outlining the contours of 'pragmatic environmentalism', Carolan considers the pressures that exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth and its associated increased demands for food and energy. He also investigates how various ecological issues, such as climate change, are affecting our very own personal health. Finally, he drills into the social/structural dynamics (including political economy and the international legal system) that create ongoing momentum for environmental ills.

This interdisciplinary text features a three-part structure in each chapter that covers 'fast facts' about the issue at hand, examines its wide-ranging implications, and offers balanced consideration of possible real-world solutions. New to this edition are 'Movement Matters' boxes, which showcase grassroots movements that have affected legislation. Discussion questions and key terms enhance the text's usefulness, making Society and the Environment the perfect learning tool for courses on environmental sociology.

Michael Carolan is a Faculty Affiliate of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, member of the Executive Board of the One Health Institute, Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology Department, and Associate Dean for Research at Colorado State University, where he teaches courses in environmental sociology, the sociolo...
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Title:Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological IssuesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:366 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.75 inPublished:August 4, 2016Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081335000X

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Individuals, Societies, and Pragmatic Environmentalism Part I : Living in a Material World 2. Greenhouse Gases: Warmer Isn't Better 3. Waste: Our Sinks Are Almost Sunk 4. Biodiversity: Society Wouldn't Exist Without It 5. Water: There's No Substitute Part II: At the Intersection of Ecology and Society 6. Population: A Problem of Quantity or Quality? 7. Transportation: Beyond Air Pollution 8. Food: From Farm to Fork 9. Energy Production: Our Sun-ny Prospects Part III: Organizing a Sustainable Society 10. Political Economy: Making Markets Fair and Sustainable 11. Governance: Biases and Blind Spots 12. Inequality and Growth: Prosperity for All Part IV: Shifting the Focus to Results 13. From Our Beliefs to Our Behaviors: Pragmatic Environmentalism in Action Glossary References Index

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"An engaging, well-organized, and comprehensive treatment of the core issues in environmental sociology. Carolan's conversational style and pragmatic focus will help students connect with the subject rather than become depressed." —Richard York, University of Oregon“Carolan masterfully presents complex environmental problems (and their solutions) in a concise and lucid manner that will hold students' attention and spur many good class discussions without becoming overwhelming. This excellent text could form the backbone for any course in environmental sociology, and should be considered for environmental / sustainability courses outside of sociology as well.” —Stephanie McSpirit, Eastern Kentucky University"Unique for its matter-of-fact approach, Society and the Environment covers all the important topics in a well-organized way. Students will be drawn to its interdisciplinarity, its accessibility, and its lack of social science jargon." —Shaunna Scott, University of Kentucky"In this very well-organized and thought-provoking book, Carolan weaves together the macro and the micro, reflecting the truly complex nature of human/environment interaction. He manages to articulate to the reader that environmental issues are never black and white but rather shades of gray." —Jesse T. Weiss, University of the Ozarks