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
Acknowledgements This Book and How to Use It Introduction. Society, Nature and Enlightenment Changing Nature, Changing Ourselves The Age of Enlightenment Enlightenment's Shadow The Age of Enlightenment and This Book References and Further Reading 1. Introducing Key Themes: Overview Contributions from Evolutionary Thought The Decline of Community? Industry and Production A Risk Society? Summary References and Further Reading 2. Industry and Environmental Transformation: Overview Industry and Humanity's Metabolism with Nature Social Evolution, Biological Evolution and Marx Risk and the Metabolic Rift Community: a New Basis for Industrial Production Summary References and Further Reading 3. Commodifying the Environment: Overview Commodification and Industry Commodification and Community Commodifying Evolution? Commodification and 'Manufactured Risk' Summary 4. Consumption, The Environment and Human Identity: Overview Society and Nature: Over-Consumption as the Problem? Consumption and the Making of Community 'The Consumer Society': the Final Stage of Social Evolution? Industry and Consumption The Risk Society: Poverty and Industry as the Issue Summary References and Further Reading 5. Industrial Change, the Network Society and Human Identity: Overview An Evolved Human Nature? Industrial Development, the Network Society and Changes to Human Nature The Network Society and Virtual Community Psychic Structure, Network Society and Evolution Postfordism, the Network Society and Risk Summary References and Further Reading 6. Modifying Human Biology: Overview Industrialising Birth, Improving Humans? Improving on Evolution: Genes and the Good Life Community and Human Development Human Transformation and The Risk Society Summary References and Further Reading 7. Society, Nature and Citizenship: Overview Society, Politics and Rights The Evolution of Rights? Industry and Citizenship Citizenship as Community Citizenship as Risk Summary References and Further Reading 8. Society, Nature and the New Social Movements: Overview The New Social Movements Social Evolution and Risk New Social Movements: Revealing and Making Community Human Evolution and the Recovery of Human Nature Summary References and Further Reading Glossary of Terms Index
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Peter Dickens is Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge and Fellow and Director of Studies in Social and Political Sciences, Fitzwilliam College. He is also visiting Professor of Sociology, University of Essex.