Society and the Environment Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues

ISBN-10: 0813345944

ISBN-13: 9780813345949

Edition: 2013

Authors: Michael Carolan

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Talking about global environmental issues need not be an exercise in gloom, doom, and individual sacrifice—as Michael Carolan ably demonstrates in this introduction to environmental sociology.Society and the Environmentexamines today’s environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context. After outlining the contours of “pragmatic environmentalism,” Carolan explores the material world: air, water, biodiversity, and trash. He considers the pressures that exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth and its associated increased demands for food and energy. 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 pragmatic consideration of possible real-world solutions. Bolstering the analysis, a variety of boxes highlight relevant case studies as well as the value judgments which lurk everywhere in talk about environmental phenomena. Discussion questions and key terms enhance the text’s usefulness, making Society and the Environment the perfect learning tool for courses on environmental sociology.
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List price: $86.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 2/12/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Introduction: Individuals, Societies, and Pragmatic Environmentalism
Living in a Material World
Greenhouse Gasses: Warmer Isn't Better
Waste: Our Sinks Are Almost Sunk
Biodiversity: Society Wouldn't Exist Without It
Water: There's No Substitute
At The Intersection of Ecology and Society
Population: A Problem of Quantity or Quality
Transportation: Beyond Air Pollution
Food: From Farm to Fork
Energy Production: Our Sun-ny Prospects
Organizing a Sustainable Society
Political Economy: Making Markets Fair and Sustainable
Governance: Biases and Blind Spots
Inequality and Growth: Prosperity for All
Shifting The Focus to Results
From Our Beliefs to Our Behaviors: Pragmatic Environmentalism in Action
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