This book looks at the different ways in which social scientists study environmental change and environmental problems. The history and geography of the relationship between environment and society is explored, as well as the social dilemmas and cultural considerations faced when confronting environmental issues. Societies' perception of, and response to, environment and risk are examined in detail. The book also considers the causes of local and global environmental problems, together with the policies implemented to control them and how these affect, and are affected by, the interests of organisations. Society and its Environment: An Introduction is the completely revised, expanded and internationalised edition of Tellegen and Wolsink's renowned Dutch textbook. It will be recommended reading for students and teachers of Environmental Studies and Sociology courses, as well as environmental managers and policy-makers and anyone seeking an understanding of how social attitudes shape our surroundings.
Society and the Environment examines today's environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context. After outlining the contours of 'pragmatic environmentalism', Carolan considers the pressures that exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth and its associated increased demands for food and energy. He also investigates how various ecological issues, such as climate change, are affecting our very own personal health. Finally, he drills into the social/structural dynamics (including political economy and the international legal system) that create ongoing momentum for environmental ills. This interdisciplinary text features a three-part structure in each chapter that covers 'fast facts' about the issue at hand, examines its wide-ranging implications, and offers balanced consideration of possible real-world solutions. New to this edition are 'Movement Matters' boxes, which showcase grassroots movements that have affected legislation. Discussion questions and key terms enhance the text's usefulness, making Society and the Environment the perfect learning tool for courses on environmental sociology.
"A monumental and timely contribution to scholarship on society and environments. The handbook makes it easy and compelling for anyone to learn about that scholarship in its full manifestations and as represented by some of the most highly respected researchers and thinkers in the English-speaking world. It is wide-reaching in scope and far-reaching in its implications for public and private action, a definite must for serious researchers and their libraries." - Bonnie J McCay, Rutgers University "This is the desert island book for anyone interested in the relationship between society and the environment. The editors have assembled a masterful collection of contributions on every conceivable dimension of environmental thinking in the social sciences and humanities. No library should be without it!' - Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, it is organised in seven sections: Environmental thought: past and present Valuing the environment Knowledges and knowing Political economy of environmental change Environmental technologies Redesigning natures Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.
'Environment and Society' is an introduction to the sociological study of the environment. It emphasises the ways in which our conceptualisation of the relationship between environments and human societies differ historically and cross-culturally.
The subject of this volume is the human economy and its coevolutionary relationship with the natural world. This relationship is examined in three broad types of societies; hunter--gatherers, agriculturalists, and modern market economies. A growing body of scientific evidence has made it clear that the current human impact on the environment is far above the level that can be maintained without causing profound changes in the biophysical world to which we belong. The new fields of ecological economics and evolutionary economics can help us understand the relationship between the economy, society and the environment and may help us to formulate effective policies to manage these changes.
This comprehensive survey and assessment of sociological theories of the relations between societies and their 'natural' biophysical environment touches on and addresses virtually all of the major perspectives, focal points, and debates in environmental sociology today. At the same time, the book aims to go beyond an inventory of environmental sociological theory by stressing how new ground can be broken in the articulation of environmental sociology with major classical and contemporary sociological theories.
Conservation of natural resources by Innokentiĭ Petrovich Gerasimov
The book is based on a model syllabus approved by the MHRD and AICTE for a compulsory subject in AMIE examinations. This syllabus may be considered by other academic bodies for adoption. Contents: Group I. Society Sociology and its Scope: Introduction / Definitions of Sociology / Scope of Sociology / Specialised Fields of Sociology / Sociology and other Social Sciences / Role of a Sociologist / Sociology and the Engineer / Model Questions / Societal Structures: Introduction / Society and Sociological Concepts / Social Stratification / Caste / Class / Cultural Heritage / Occupation / Model Questions / Societal Dynamics: Mobility / Income Distribution / Social Tensions and their Causes / Societal Responsibilities / Social Institutions / Model Questions / Development Processes: Development of Traditional Society / The Process of Development / Parameters for Development / Interrelationship between Social, Economic and Scientific Factors / Role of Science and Technology in Development / Planning - its Objectives and Assessment / Model Questions / Technology Assessment: Historical Development of Science / Historical Development of Technology / Appropriate Technology and Criteria for its Assessment / Technology Adaptation / Model Questions / Group II. Environment - Environment: Introduction / The Biosphere / Man s Impact Upon the Environment / Environmental Pollution / Economic Development and Environment / Sustainable Development / The Environmental Ethic / The Role of Environmental Engineer / Model Questions / Ecosystems: Ecology and its Scope / Natural Ecosystems / Principles of Ecobalance / Biosphere Cycle / Man and Ecosystems / Causes for Eco-imbalance / Effects of Eco-imbalance / Remedies for Eco-imbalance / Model Questions / Environmental Degradation: Man and Environment / Causes for Environmental Degradation / Effects of Environmental Degradation / Control of Environmental Pollution / Model Questions / Waste Management: Solid Wastes / Management of Agricultural Wastes / Management of Urban Wastes / Management of Industrial Wastes / Model Questions / Sustainable Development: Dilemma of Development / Definition of Development / Definition and Concept of Sustainable Development / Science, Technology and Sustainable Development / Technology for Sustainable Energy / Technology for Sustainable materials / Model Questions