Society and the Environment examines 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. Carolan also investigates how various ecological issues, such as climate change, are affecting our very own personal health. 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 balanced consideration of possible real-world solutions. Bolstering that analysis, a variety of boxes highlight relevant case studies as well as the value judgments which lurk everywhere in talk about environmental phenomena. 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.