This book covers all the key issues and debates including: society, nature and the enlightenment; industry and environmental transformation; commodification; consumption; the network society and human identity; human biology; citizenship; and new social movements.
Offers a multi-disciplinary, well-rounded theoretical discussion of the interdependent relationship between humans and the natural world. Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology "Dickens presents his own original and significant analysis of relationships between social and biological dynamics and identities. I recommend enthusiastically that this book be read." Raymond Murphy, Canadian Journal of Sociology "...this book...presents the author's own highly original analysis of relations between society and nature based on a Maxist and critical realist perspective. The book also provides a valuable overview and critique of much classical and contemporary sociology." Environment and Society "Society and Nature, by British sociologist Peter Dickens, offers a rare blend of scholarship. Its narrative is both authoritative, yet accessible. Its content is broad and comprehensive in scope, while managing to still provide an important contribution to the field of enviromental sociology (among others). It is both a textbook, for undergraduates and individuals new to the field, and a rigorous work of scholarship in its own right. In bringing this together, Dickens is to be commended for his ability to weave in and out of a diverse array of literatures - from enviromental sociology, to the sociology of technology, social theory, evolutionary sociology, molecular and developmental biology and cognitive psychology. In all, Society and Nature is an important contribution to the field of enviromental sociology. Dickens' shows us, in rather dramatic fashion, just how intertwined the social and natural realms are." Organisation and Enviroment "This is a valuable and scholarly book, packed with ideas for further reading. It contains a great deal of knowledge and scholarly understanding, rendered down into bite-sized chunks. It would make an excellent student text ... yet will inform many research level debates." Bill Adams, Area
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