344 pages, no illustrations
Join author Mike Bell and new co-author Loka Ashwood as they explore "the biggest community of all" and bring out the sociology of environmental possibility. The highly-anticipated Fifth Edition of An Invitation to Environmental Sociology delves into this rapidly changing and growing field in a clear and artful manner. Written in a lively, engaging style, An Invitation to Environmental Sociology explores the broad range of topics in environmental sociology with a personal passion rarely seen in sociology textbooks. The Fifth Edition contains new chapters entitled "Money and Markets", "Technology and Science", and "Living in the Ecological Society".
"This is not only the best environmental sociology text I've used, but it is the best text of any type I've used in college-level teaching."
– Dr. Cliff Brown, University of New Hampshire
Part I: The Material
Chapter 1: Environmental Problems and Society
Chapter 2: Consumption and Materialism
Chapter 3: Money and Markets
Chapter 4: Technology and Science
Chapter 5: Population and Development
Chapter 6: Body and Justice
Part II: The Ideal
Chapter 7: The Ideology of Environmental Domination
Chapter 8: The Ideology of Environmental Concern
Chapter 9: The Human Nature of Nature
Chapter 10: The Rationality of Risk
Part III: The Practical
Chapter 11: Modernizing the Ecological Society
Chapter 12: Governing the Ecological Society
Chapter 13: Living in an Ecological Society
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Michael Mayerfeld Bell is Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For his day job, he is principally an environmental sociologist and a social theorist, focusing on dialogics, the sociology of nature, and social justice. These concerns for the world have led him to studies of agroecology, the body, community, consumption, culture, development, food, democracy, economic sociology, gender, inequality, participation, place, politics, rurality, the sociology of music, and more. He is also a part-time composer of grassroots and classical music, and a mandolinist, guitarist, and singer.