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Environment and Social Theory

Series: Routledge Introductions to Environment Series

By: John Barry

239 pages, 10 b/w illus


Paperback | Nov 2006 | Edition: 2 | #161263 | ISBN: 0415376165
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Hardback | Nov 2006 | Edition: 2 | #161262 | ISBN: 0415376173
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Written in an engaging and accessible manner by one of the leading scholars in his field, Environment and Social Theory, completed revised and updated with two new chapters, is an indispensable guide to the way in which the environment and social theory relate to one another.

This popular text outlines the complex interlinking of the environment, nature and social theory from ancient and pre-modern thinking to contemporary social theorising. John Barry:

*examines the ways major religions such as Judaeo-Christianity have, and continue to conceptualise the environment

*analyses the way the non-human environment features in Western thinking from Marx and Darwin, to Freud and Horkheimer

*explores the relationship between gender and the environment, postmodernism and risk society schools of thought, and the contemporary ideology of orthodox economic thinking in social theorising about the environment.

How humans value, use and think about the environment, is an increasingly central and important aspect of recent social theory. It has become clear that the present generation is faced with a series of unique environmental dilemmas, largely unprecedented in human history.

With summary points, illustrative examples, glossary and further reading sections this invaluable resource will benefit anyone with an interest in environmentalism, politics, sociology, geography, development studies and environmental and ecological economics.


Introduction: the environment and social theory Chapter 1 'Nature', 'environment' and social theory Chapter 2 The role of the environment historically within social theory Chapter 3 The uses of 'nature' and the nonhuman world in social theory: pre-Enlightenment and Enlightenment accounts Chapter 4 Twentieth-century social theory and the nonhuman world Chapter 5 Right-Wing Reactions to the Environment and Environmental Politics Chapter 6 Left-Wing Reactions to the Environment and Environmental Politics Chapter 7 Gender, the nonhuman world and social thought Chapter 8 The environment and economic thought Chapter 9 Risk, environment and postmodernism Chapter 10 Ecology, biology and social theory Chapter 11 Greening social theory Glossary Internet resources and sites Bibliography Index

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