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The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Second Edition / Edition 2

The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Second Edition / Edition 2

by Michael R. Redclift, Graham WoodgateMichael R. Redclift
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This thoroughly revised Handbook provides an assessment of the scope and content of environmental sociology, and sets out the intellectual and practical challenges posed by the urgent need for policy and action to address accelerating environmental change.

More than a decade has passed since the first edition of the Handbook was published to considerable acclaim, and environmental sociology has since become firmly established as a critical social science discipline. This second edition is a major interdisciplinary reference work comprising more than 25 original essays authored by leading scholars, many of whom are intimately involved in national, regional or global environmental policy processes. It marks some of the changes and continuities in the field of environmental sociology, and highlights today’s substantive concerns and theoretical debates. The Handbook is divided into three parts covering concepts and theories, critical issues and international perspectives, each with an introduction outlining the content of the constituent chapters and cross-referencing some of the more significant themes that link them together.

Authoritative and comprehensive, this Handbook will prove to be essential reading for academics, researchers and students across the social sciences who are interested in the environment. It will also be enthusiastically received by sustainable development policy-makers and practitioners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848440883
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Edited by Michael R. Redclift, Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy, King’s College, University of London, UK and Graham Woodgate, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sociology, Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK

Table of Contents



Graham Woodgate


Editorial Commentary

Graham Woodgate

1. The Maturation and Diversification of Environmental Sociology: From Constructivism and Realism to Agnosticism and Pragmatism

Riley E. Dunlap

2. Social Institutions and Environmental Change

Frederick H. Buttel

3. From Environment Sociology to Global Ecosociology: The Dunlap–Buttel Debates

Jean-Guy Vaillancourt

4. Ecological Modernization as a Social Theory of Environmental Reform

Arthur P.J. Mol

5. Ecological Modernization Theory: Theoretical and Empirical Challenges

Richard York, Eugene A. Rosa and Thomas Dietz

6. Postconstructivist Political Ecologies

Arturo Escobar

7. Marx’s Ecology and its Historical Significance

John Bellamy Foster

8. The Transition Out of Carbon Dependence: The Crises of Environment and Markets

Michael R. Redclift

9. Socio-ecological Agency: From ‘Human Exceptionalism’ to Coping with ‘Exceptional’ Global Environmental Change

David Manuel-Navarrete and Christine N. Buzinde

10. Ecological Debt: An Integrating Concept for Socio-Environmental Change

Iñaki Barcena Hinojal and Rosa Lago Aurrekoetxea

11. The Emergence Model of Environment and Society

John Hannigan

12. Peering into the Abyss: Environment, Research and Absurdity in the ‘Age of Stupid’

Raymond L. Bryant


Editorial Commentary

Graham Woodgate

13. Animals and Us

Ted Benton

14. Science and the Environment in the Twenty-first Century

Steven Yearley

15. New Challenges for Twenty-first Century Environmental Movements: Agricultural Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

Maria Kousis

16. Sustainable Consumption: Developments, Considerations and New Directions

Emma D. Hinton and Michael K. Goodman

17. Globalisation, Convergence and the Euro-Atlantic Development Model

Wolfgang Sachs

18. Environmental Hazards and Human Disasters

Raymond Murphy

19. Structural Obstacles to an Effective Post-2012 Global Climate Agreement: Why Social Structure Matters and How Addressing it Can Help Break the Impasse

Bradley C. Parks and J. Timmons Roberts

20. Environmental Sociology and International Forestry: Historical Overview and Future Directions

Bianca Ambrose-Oji


Editorial Commentary

Graham Woodgate

21. The Role of Place in the Margins of Space

David Manuel-Navarrete and Michael R. Redclift

22. Society, Environment and Development in Africa

William M. Adams

23. Neoliberal Regimes of Environmental Governance: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Agriculture in Australia

Stewart Lockie

24. Environmental Reform in Modernizing China

Arthur P.J. Mol

25. Civic Engagement in Environmental Governance in Central and Eastern Europe

JoAnn Carmin

26. A ‘Sustaining Conservation’ for Mexico?

Nora Haenn


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