Sociology Index

Sociology of Environment

Sociology of environment and environmentalism. Sociology of environment and sociologists response to the emergence of environmentalism. What has sociology of environment to offer the study of environmental problems? Sociology of environment is about exploring the cultural roots of environmental belief systems and the structural arrangements that maintain such belief systems in society. What is environmental movement? Sociology of Environment includes environmental movements, and assessment of sociological theories of the relations between societies, and virtually all of the major perspectives, focal points, and debates in sociology on environment.

Cornell University provides an overview of sociology of environment. 'Silent Spring' was published in 1962, and written by Rachel Carson. The publication of the book 'Silent Spring' drew attention to the impact of chemicals on the natural environment. Earth's greenhouse-effect has evolved over geologic time scales and continues to evolve.

Environmental Citizenship is an idea that each of us is an integral part of a larger ecosystem and that our future depends on each one of us embracing the challenge and acting responsibly and positively toward our environment. The relationship between ideas of nature and environment, ecological identities and social change.

Deep Ecology is a set of ideas within the environmental movement which stress the belief that modern societies have become anthropocentric. Sociology of Environment covers environmental ideas, environmental movements, social constructionism, critical realism, "ecocentric" theory, environmental identities, risk society theory, sustainable development, green consumerism, ecological modernization and debates around modernity and post-modernity.

Sociology of Environment Abstracts

Environmental Sociology and the Explanation of Environmental Reform - Frederick H. Buttel, University of Wisconsin, Madison - This article makes the case that environmental sociology is in the midst of a significant shift of problematics, from the explanation of environmental degradation to the explanation of environmental reform. The author suggests that there are four basic mechanisms of environmental reform or improvement: environmental activism/movements, state environmental regulation, and international environmental governance. One of the main tasks of environmental sociology will be to assess which of these four mechanisms is the most fundamental to environmental reform. The author concludes with the hypothesis that environmental movements and activism are ultimately the most fundamental pillars of environmental reform.

Definitional and Responsive Environmental Meanings: A Meadian Look at Landscapes and Drought - Andrew J. Weigert. Current conceptual frameworks differ deeply on the meanings of human-natural environment relations. One is a monist social constructionist frame: meaning is only in human definitions, and natural events are meaningless. The other offers dualist perspectives that locate meaning both in definitions and in realist indications of environmental events such as global environmental change. I apply a metatheoretical schema based on the work of George H. Mead to meanings of natural environment implicated in a discussion of an official pronouncement, 'The drought is over'.

Footprints on the Earth: The Environmental Consequences of Modernity - Richard York, Eugene A. Rosa, Thomas Dietz. Abstract: Growing evidence demonstrating clear threats to the sustainability of the ecosystems supporting human societies has given rise to a variety of sociological theories of human-environment interactions. These environmental impact theories fall into three general perspectives: human ecology, modernization, and political economy. Basic material conditions, such as population, economic production, and geographical factors all affect the environment and explain the vast majority of cross-national variation in environmental impact. Factors derived from neo-liberal modernization theory, such as political freedom, civil liberties, and state environmentalism have no effect on impacts.

A Very Brief History of the Origins of environmental ethics for the Novice - The inspiration for environmental ethics was the first Earth Day in 1970 when environmentalists started urging philosophers who were involved with environmental groups to do something about environmental ethics.

Mulberg, Jon - "Environment and Sociology: The State of the Debate"
Global Environmental Politics.
Excerpt: The collection is based on a regional conference of the environment research group of the International Sociological Association, and is one of several overviews of the literature in books and journals over the last few years.

Firstly, there are attempts to map out the approaches to environmental sociology, and identify the underlying axis of disagreement of the differing theoretical schemas. The question of the extent to which classical social theory can offer any insights into global environmental issues is a major area of contention.


A second debate, which has been prominent in the literature for some time, concerns the extent to which questions of environment are socially constructed. However, the main business of the book concerns the theory of ecological modernization, of which two of the editors are among the main developers, and much of the collection concerns expositions and critiques of this approach.

Sociology of Environment Syllabus

Sociology of Environment, Energy, and a Sustainable Society - Syllabus - SOC 4090-001 Topics in Sociology: Visiting Professor Koichi Hasegawa - Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.

Environment and Social Change
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A belief in mastery over nature rather than harmony is one of the most fundamental taken-for-granted aspects of American culture. Environment and Social Change explores the cultural roots of this belief system and the structural arrangements that maintain a master-over-nature worldview. Environment and Social Change is designed so as to provide students with hands-on research experience in sociology of environment.

Sociology of Environment Books

Reinventing Nature? Responses to Postmodern Deconstruction. Soule', Michael E. and Gary Lease (eds.). Washington, D.C: Island Press. - Nine contributed chapters that critique the wave of postmodern relativist positions questioning key concepts of nature and wilderness in environmental sociology and philosophy by Paul Shepard, Albert Borgmann, Donald Worster, editor and others.

Environmental Sociology: From Analysis To Action. Leslie King, Deborah McCarthy Auriffeille. The book Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action illustrates how sociological perspectives can help us better understand the causes and consequences of environmental problems and provides examples of efforts to ameliorate these problems. The fourth edition of this environmental sociology reader includes 22 edited excerpts that address, among other things, environmental inequalities, knowledge creation, media, and perspectives on disaster. The selected pieces use a variety of sociological perspectives, including environmental justice, and more, to examine a wide range of environment-related topics.

Bowers, C. A. (1997). The culture of denial : why the environmental movement needs a strategy for reforming universities and public schools.

Bryner, Gary C. (2001) Gaia's wager : environmental movements and the challenge of sustainability.

Jamison, Andrew. (2001) The making of green knowledge : environmental politics and cultural transformation.

Short, John Rennie. (1991). Imagined Country: Society, Culture and Environment.

John A. Hannigan. 1995. Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective. London and New York: Routledge.

Charles L. Harper. 1996. Environmental Sociology: A Human Perspective. Upper Saddle River: NJ: Prentice Hall.

Craig Humphrey and Frederick Buttel. 1982. Environment, Energy and Society. Malabor, FL: Robert E. Krieger Publishers.

Riley E. Dunlap and Angela Mertig. 1992. American Environmentalism. Bristol, PA: Taylor and Francis.

Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action.

Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology. Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis.

An Invitation to Environmental Sociology. Michael Mayerfeld Bell.

Multilevel Governance of Global Environmental Change: Perspectives from Science, Sociology and the Law. Gerd Winter.

Environmental Sociology: From Analysis To Action Leslie King, Deborah Mccarthy (Editors).

Nature, Environment and Society (Sociology for a Changing World). Philip W. Sutton.

Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues. Charles L. Harper.

Sociology and the Environment: A Critical Introduction to Society, Nature, and Knowledge, by Alan Irwin

Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective (Environment and Society) John A. Hannigan, Routledge, Environment/Planning.

The Sociology of Energy, Buildings and the Environment : Constructing Knowledge, Designing Practice (Global Environmental Change). Simon Guy, Elizabeth Shove.

Environment and Community Empowerment (Research in Community Sociology , Vol 7). Danesh A. Chekki (Editor).

Environment and Global Modernity (SAGE Series in International Sociology). Gert Spaargaren, Arthur P J Mol, Frederick H Buttel.

The Ecology of Place: Planning for Environment, Economy, and Community. Timothy Beatley, Kristy Manning.

Sociological Theory and the Environment. Riley E. Dunlap (Editor), Frederick H. Buttel, Peter Dickens, August Gijswijt.

Risk, Environment and Society: Ongoing Debates, Current Issues and Future Prospects (Issues in Society). Piet Strydom.

Rural Sociology and the Environment. Donald R. Field, William R. Burch.

Sociology of Environment. Pawar, Patil.

The Sociology of the Environment (International Library of Critical Writings in Sociology, 3 Volume Set). Graham Woodgate, Michael Redclift (Editor).

Women Pioneers for the Environment. Mary Joy Breton.