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Society and the Environment

Society and the Environment

Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues

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.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Social Science / Sociology

On Sale: August 2nd 2016

Price: $68

Page Count: 364

ISBN-13: 9780813350004

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Reader Reviews


"An engaging, well-organized, and comprehensive treatment of the core issues in environmental sociology. Carolan's conversational style and pragmatic focus will help students connect with the subject rather than become depressed." —Richard York, University of Oregon

“Carolan masterfully presents complex environmental problems (and their solutions) in a concise and lucid manner that will hold students' attention and spur many good class discussions without becoming overwhelming. This excellent text could form the backbone for any course in environmental sociology, and should be considered for environmental / sustainability courses outside of sociology as well.” —Stephanie McSpirit, Eastern Kentucky University

"Unique for its matter-of-fact approach, Society and the Environment covers all the important topics in a well-organized way. Students will be drawn to its interdisciplinarity, its accessibility, and its lack of social science jargon." —Shaunna Scott, University of Kentucky

"In this very well-organized and thought-provoking book, Carolan weaves together the macro and the micro, reflecting the truly complex nature of human/environment interaction. He manages to articulate to the reader that environmental issues are never black and white but rather shades of gray." —Jesse T. Weiss, University of the Ozarks
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