Volatile Places A Sociology of Communities and Environmental Controversies

ISBN-10: 0761987509
ISBN-13: 9780761987505
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/22/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

This book is a thoughtful guide to the public debate currently raging and highlighted in the movie An Inconvenient Truth based on the environmental activism of Al Gore and on the April 3, 2006 Cover of Time magazine about the climate crisis.. The Devastation of Hurricane Katrina is explored in this timely book. The authors begin with a simple observation.; environmental issues are almost always contested and are likely to transform communities into volatile places. Students of environment, as well as those interested in communities or social conflicts, will find this book a useful guide to a rich and provocative case-study literature. The authors hope that these studies will inspire students to engage in spirited thinking original research,and action.

At the time Hurricane Katrina struck, Valerie J. Gunter was an associate professor in the department of sociology at the University of New Orleans.nbsp; She spent most of the 2005-2006 academic year as a visiting associate professor at Michigan State University, from which she had received her PhD in sociology in 1994.nbsp; She has spent over 20 years researching the controversial processed by which environmental issues become registered on community and national political agendas.nbsp; Articles reporting the results form this research have been published in such journals as Social Problems, The Sociological Quarterly, The American Sociologist, Sociological Inquiry , and Rural Sociology .nbsp; She is a co-editor of Illness and the Environment: A Reader in Contested Medicine .

Professor Kroll-Smith is the Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. He was formerly a research professor of sociology at the University of New Orleans. He has edited and written 5 books on environmental hazards and disasters, health and the environment, and sociologists as expert witnesses. He is the current editor of Sociologicalnbsp; Inquiry and the 2004 recipient of the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Contribution Award in the study of Environment and Technology. Kroll-Smith's current work is the problem of race, class, and water in New Orleans in the aftermath of hurricane's Katrina and Rita. He also regularly contributes to the growing scholarship on the sociology of sleep.

Preface
Acknowledgments
When Environments and Communities Collide
The Presence of the Past
Trust and Betrayal
The Problem of Uncertain Knowledge
Perceptions of Fairness
Oppositional Activity and Social Capital
Social Facts and Brute Facts: Confounding the Social and the Physical
Postscript
References
Index
About the Authors

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