424 pages, 8 b/w illustrations, 1 table
Environmental Sociology encourages students to use the sociological imagination to explore a broad spectrum of issues facing the environment today. The third edition of this reader includes thirteen new pieces that examine how social dimensions, particularly power and inequality, interact with environmental issues.
Environmental Sociology opens with an updated Introduction that introduces students to key concepts and provides a brief overview of environmental sociology as a field. The readings, excerpts from recently published pieces, are arranged by sociological issue and use a range of perspectives, including environmental justice, risk society, and power structure research. Topics span coal mining, food justice, climate change, and more. Each reading is chosen to be accessible and engaging to undergraduate students and is preceded by a brief introduction to provide context.
As the environmental challenges facing our world become ever more pressing, Environmental Sociology aims to equip students with the frameworks they need to approach these challenges from a sociological perspective.
Introduction: Environmental Problems Require Social Solutions-Deborah McCarthy and Leslie King Imagining Nature
1.Nature's Looking Glass-Hillary Angelo and Colin Jerolmack
2.Why Ecological Revolution? -- John Bellamy Foster
3.The Tragedy of the Commodity: The Overexploitation of the Mediterranean Bluefin Tuna Fishery -- Stefano B. Longo and Rebecca Clausen
4.Ecological Modernization at Work? Environmental Policy Reform in Sweden at the Turn of the Century - Benjamin Vail
5.A Tale of Contrasting Trends: Three Measures of the Ecological Footprint in China, India, Japan, and the United States, 19-61-2003 -- Richard York, Eugene A. Rosa and Thomas Dietz
6.Breaking the Food Chains: An Investigation of Food Justice Activism -- Alison Hope Alkon and Kari Marie Norgaard
7.Turning Public Issues into Private Troubles: Lead Contamination, Domestic Labor, and the Exploitation of Women -- Lois Bryson, Kathleen McPhillips, and Kathryn Robinson
8.Addressing Urban Transportation Equity in the United States -- Robert D. Bullard
Social Construction of the Environment -- Identity, Emotions and Community
9.Wild Horses and the Political Ecology of Nature Restoration in the Missouri Ozarks -- J. Sanford Rikoon
10. People Want to Protect Themselves a Little Bit: Emotions, Denial, and Social Movement Nonparticipation -- Kari Marie Norgaard
11.Community Economic Identity: The Coal Industry and Ideology Construction in West Virginia -- Shannon Elizabeth Bell and Richard York
Perspectives on Disaster
12.Silent Spill: The Organization of an Industrial Crisis -- Thomas D. Beamish
13.The BP Disaster as an Exxon Valdez Rerun -- Liesel Ashley Ritchie, Duane A. Gill, J. Steven Picou
14.The Unfair Trade-off: Globalization and the Export of Ecological Hazards -- Daniel Faber
15.Driving South: The Globalization of Auto Consumption and Its Social Organization of Space -- Peter Freund and George Martin
Science, Risk and Knowledge
16.Risk Society and Contested Illness: The Case of Nuclear Weapons Workers -- Sherry Cable, Thomas E. Shriver, and Tamara L. Mix
17.The Knowledge-Shaping Process: Elite Mobilization and Environmental Policy -- Eric Bonds
18.Hurricane Katrina, Contamination, and the Unintended Organization of Ignorance -- Scott Frickel and M. Bess Vincent
19.Media Framing of Body Burdens: Precautionary Consumption and the Individualization of Risk -- Norah MacKendrick
Social and Environmental Change - Ideas and Actions
20.Individualization: Plant a Tree, Buy a Bike, Save the World? -- Michael Maniates
21.Cleaning the Closet: Toward a New Fashion Ethic -- Juliet Schor
22.Poitics by Other Greens: The Importance of Transnational Environmental Justice Movement Networks -- David Naguib Pellow
23.On the Trail of Courageous Behavior -- Myron Glazer and Penina Glazer
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Leslie King is associate professor of sociology and environmental science and policy at Smith College. Her research has been published in journal such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, The Sociological Quarterly, and Gender and Society.
Deborah McCarthy Auriffeille is associate professor of sociology at the College of Charleston. Her research has been published in Sociological Inquiry and Urban Studies, and she is co-editor of Foundations for Social Change: Critical Perspectives on Philanthropy and Social Movements.