Society and the Environment Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues
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Description: Talking about global environmental issues need not be an exercise in gloom, doom, and individual sacrificeas 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 dynamicsincluding political economy and the international legal systemthat 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
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
|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|