Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology

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  • Copyright: 2008-08-20
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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"This text is impressively comprehensive, and the treatment of the Global South is especially good. The material is sociological, engaging, and at an appropriate level for undergraduates. If I teach the course again, I would use this book." -Craig Humphrey, Pennsylvania State University

Author Biography

Kenneth A. Gould is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Brooklyn College and Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is coauthor of Environment and Society: The Enduring Conflict (1994).
Tammy L. Lewis is Associate Professor of Sociology at Muhlenberg College. She is coauthor of Environment, Energy, and Society: A New Synthesis (2002).

Table of Contents

Annotated Table of Contentsp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
About the Contributorsp. xviii
An Introduction to Environmental Sociologyp. 1
The Social Construction of Nature: Of Computers, Butterflies, Dogs, and Trucksp. 11
Theories in Environmental Sociologyp. 25
Systemic Causes of Environmental Disruption
The State and Policy: Imperialism, Exclusion, and Ecological Violence as State Policyp. 47
Labor Productivity and the Environmentp. 59
Corporate Power: The Role of the Global Media in Shaping What We Know About the Environmentp. 68
The Science of Nature and the Nature of Sciencep. 85
Technological Change and the Environmentp. 95
Population, Demography, and the Environmentp. 107
Some Social Consequences of Environmental Disruption
Environmental Inequality and Environmental Justicep. 127
The Sociology of Environmental Healthp. 142
From Farms to Factories: The Environmental Consequences of Swine Industrialization in North Carolinap. 153
Understanding Disaster Vulnerability: Floods and Hurricanesp. 176
Climate Change: Why the Old Approaches Aren't Workingp. 191
Some Social Responses to Environmental Disruption
U.S. Environmental Movementsp. 211
Labor and the Environmentp. 228
Environmental Movements in the Global Southp. 244
Indigenous Cultures: Environmental Knowledge, Practice, and Rightsp. 255
The Paradoxes of Sustainable Development: Focus on Ecotourismp. 269
Conclusion: Unanswered Questions and the Future of Environmental Sociologyp. 290
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