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Environment, Energy, and Society A New Synthesis

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ISBN-10: 0534579558

ISBN-13: 9780534579555

Edition: 2nd 2002

Authors: Craig R. Humphrey, Frederick H. Buttel, Tammy L. Lewis

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This is a comprehensive yet accessible text that exposes students to the interaction between society and the environment. Each chapter opens with a stimulating case example or scenario that helps students grasp this interaction, while a "Focus on the U.S." feature helps students relate global environmental issues to everyday life in the United States. Students learn how to use social theories to better understand environmental issues, both at home and internationally.
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Book details

List price: $192.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 8/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 410
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Craig R. Humphrey received his Ph.D. from Brown University. He is Associate Professor of Sociology and Demography at Pennsylvania State University, where he teaches courses in environmental sociology, human ecology, and urban sociology. Dr. Humphrey's current research focuses on the application of social theories to study of world population growth, food production, energy, and environmental movements.

The late Frederick H. Buttel was Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Preface
Exploring Environmental Sociology
Defining Terms
Environmental Sociology
Environmental Sociology: Topics and Types
An Ecofeminist Account of Deforestation in the Less-Developed Countries
The Movement against Locally Unwanted Land Uses
The Roots of Environmental Sociology
Human Ecology
The Rise and Revitalization of the Environmental Movement
Inventing the New Environmental Paradigm
The Influence of Rural Sociology
The Influence of Urban Sociology
Key Issues in the Field
Growth
Social and Environmental Change
International Questions
Population
Summary
Social Theory and the Environment
Thomas Robert Malthus (1766-1834)
Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
The Durkheimian Conservative Legacy
Max Weber (1864-1920)
The Weberian Managerial Legacy
Karl Marx (1818-1883)
The Marxian Radical Legacy
Summary of the Paradigms
Exemplifying: Stories of Tropical Deforestation
A Conservative Account
A Managerial Account
A Radical Account
Population and the Environment
World Population: An Overview
How Important Is Population Growth for the Environment?
Demographic Transition Theory: Old and New
The Theory of the Demographic Transition: A Conservative Paradigm
History of the Demographic Transition
New Contributions to Transition Theory
Policy Implications of the New Transition Theory
The Emergence of Managerial, Neo-Malthusian Population Policy
Contraception and Family Planning
The Role of the United States in the Neo-Malthusian Managerial Paradigm
The Women's Movement and Neo-Malthusianism Managerialism
Critiques of the Neo-Malthusianism Managerial Paradigm
The Feminist Critique of Neo-Malthusianism
Summary
The Struggle over Hunger: Social and Ecological Dimensions
Food Production in Historical and Comparative Perspective
Productivity: Recent Trends and Future Projections
Production versus Distribution: Food Security
Crisis and Food Aid
Biophysical Constraints on Food Production
Land
Water
Energy
Environmental Degradation and Sustainability
Population Growth and Hunger: Theoretical Issues
Beyond the Green Revolution: Power, Inequality, and Food Distribution
The Costs of High-Yield Production
Improved Varieties and Genetic Diversity
Socioeconomic Effects of Green Revolution Technologies
Power and Unequal Access
Export Dependence
International Food Distribution and Marketing
Moving beyond the Green Revolution
Summing Up: The Potential of Global Agriculture
Energy and the Environment: the Reemerging Energy Crisis
World Primary Energy Demand
Global Fuel Mixes: The Present and the Foreseeable Future
World Crude Petroleum: Past, Present, and Future
The Birth of American Petroleum Dependency
The Growth of American Petroleum Dependency
Looking Back
The United States in the Persian Gulf Crisis: A War for Oil?
The Radical Perspective on the GulfWar
The Managerial Perspective on the GulfWar
Conservative Perspectives on the GulfWar
Looking Back
Ecological Modernization Theory: Claims and Critics
The Had and Soft Energy Paths
Factor Four
Critics of Ecological Modernization
Summary
The Environmental Movement: Historic Roots and Current Trends
Social Movement Concepts
The Origins of U.S. Environmentalism
Emergence and Mobilization around Crises
Ideologies, Actors, and Organizations
Relative Success
Distribution of Impacts
The Emergence of the Contemporary Environmental Movement
Macro Level
Meso Level
Micro Level
Trends in the Contemporary Environmental Movement
Public Opinion
Organizational Professionalization and Managerialist Ideology
Increasing Diversity of the Environmental Movement: Radical Actors
Increasing Diversity of the Environmental Movement: Local Actors, Race, and Class Diversity
Globalization of Environmentalism
Summary: The Outcomes of the Environmental Movement
The Sociology of Sustainable Development
Historical Context of Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development's Definitional Problems
Overview of Conservative, Managerial, and Radical Interpretations of Sustainable Development
Conservative Strategies for Sustainable Development
Corporate Sustainable Development
The Voluntary Simplicity Movement
Managerial Strategies for Sustainable Development
States' and International Development Agencies' Sustainable Development
Biodiversity Conservation
Measuring Sustainable Development: New Social Indicators
Alternative Paths to Sustainable Development
Environmental Sociology and Alternative Environmental Futures
Environmental Movements, Old and "New": The Social Movement Image of Our Environmental Future
The Managerial Paradigm, the Environmental Regulatory State, and Our Environmental Future
The Conservative Paradigm, Ecological Modernization, and the Image of Our Environmental Future
International Environmental Agreements and Our Environmental Future
What Role for Green Consumerism?
Which Way Forward into the Future?
References
Index