The environmental studies about natural resource issues are often studied as conflicts; this book is carefully designed to expound on how resolutions are negotiated and maintained. A number of factors influence how conflicts are framed and how resolutions are determined regarding fracking, shared waters and environmental threats. This book explores the power, community activism, and politics regarding natural resources. Decisions often ignore ecological and social sustainability stewardship needs. By understanding how socio-political dynamics affect policy and negotiation, this book also contributes to the understanding of how natural resource policies are negotiated. It illuminates social inequalities between rural and urban populations.
Introduction: The Environmental Studies of Natural Resources by Sebahattin Ziyanak, Dian Jordan, and Mehmet Soyer
Chapter 1. Civil Disobedience and Anti-Fracking Activism: Sandra Steingraber’s Ironic Standpoint of Praxis by Mollie Murphy
Chapter 2. A Power Struggle over Fracking in Denton, Texas by Mehmet Soyer and Sebahattin Ziyanak
Chapter 3. Theories of Environmental Social Problems: A Synthesis of News Media in the Power Struggles by Sebahattin Ziyanak and Mehmet Soyer
Chapter 4. Public Health and Environmental Concerns by Sebahattin Ziyanak, Mehmet Soyer, and Dorothy Jackson
Chapter 5. Theoretical and Practical Implications: Soyer - Ziyanak’s Stages of Social Problem Model by Mehmet Soyer and Sebahattin Ziyanak
Chapter 6. International Boundaries: Water of the Rio Grandeby Dian Jordan
Chapter 7. Supreme Justice: The Ruling for Red River Water by Dian Jordan
Chapter 8. Political Cooperation for American Indian Water Rights at Sardis Lake by Dian Jordan
About the Authors
Dian Jordan is a senior lecturer at the University of Texas Permian Basin. Mehmet Soyer is an assistant professor of sociology at Utah State University. Sebahattin Ziyanak is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Texas Permian Basin.
"The authors eloquently highlights the social problems, political conflicts, and ecological questions that arise from the struggles among stakeholders in the appropriation of natural resources. The lessons learned from authors' inquiries provide hope and knowledge that is imperative to the successful advancement of human society. This book recollects past struggles but gives us insight into how humanity's greatest challenge can be approached in the future."
– Charlette Hearne, founding member, Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy
"Social conflict over environmental issues including hydraulic fracking and water rights are major components of this book. The contents of this book help readers to conceptualize how social problems evolve into political issues that become part of the American consciousness. The qualitative research format utilized throughout the book provides readers with depth and richness into each environmental issue."
– Steven Aicinena, Professor, University of Texas Permian Basin