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Environment, Society and Natural Resource Management

Theoretical Perspectives from Australasia and the Americas Edited by Geoffrey Lawrence, Professor of Sociology and Head, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland, Vaughan Higgins, Charles Sturt University, Australia and Stewart Lockie, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia
As greater significance is placed on the relationship between people and their environment it is increasingly acknowledged that few environmental problems can be solved without considering the social context in which they arise. But what does it mean to incorporate the ‘social’ and what types of social sciences are needed? This incisive book critically reviews the theoretical perspectives that underlie social scientific contributions to natural resource management and argues for both a greater social science presence and for conceptual and methodological clarity within the social sciences themselves.
Extent: 304 pp
Hardback Price: $140.00 Web: $126.00
Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 978 1 84064 449 4
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  • Environment
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Management Natural Resources
  • Social Policy and Sociology
  • Sociology and Sociological Theory
As greater significance is placed on the relationship between people and their environment it is increasingly acknowledged that few environmental problems can be solved without considering the social context in which they arise. But what does it mean to incorporate the ‘social’ and what types of social sciences are needed? This incisive book critically reviews the theoretical perspectives that underlie social scientific contributions to natural resource management and argues for both a greater social science presence and for conceptual and methodological clarity within the social sciences themselves.

The expert contributors explore how new concepts and approaches can contribute positively to natural resource management. They demonstrate how the social sciences can be used as a vehicle to highlight social concerns as well as to foster greater participation, co-operation, and integration among community members, natural resource managers and researchers. Through detailed case studies from Australasia and the Americas, the authors illustrate how different social science perspectives can be utilised. The range and variety of views provide a basis for the evaluation of various and often competing disciplinary paradigms within the social sciences.

This book will undoubtedly contribute to a more sophisticated debate about the place of the ‘social’ in environmental research. It will prove to be of great worth to students and researchers of environmental and social issues, to those involved in environmental decision making and community planning, as well as environmental policymakers and natural resource managers.
‘For those interested in land degradation, this book does provide some useful insights, as it is often as a result of poorly integrated land-management strategies that degradation can occur.’
– C. Sullivan, Land Degradation and Development
Contributors: I. Barns, D.M. Bates, R. Beilin, J.M. Bentrupperbäumer, K. Brinkley, D.J. Brunckhorst, F.H. Buttel, P. Coop, S. Ewing, M. Fisher, G. Fitzgerald, B.J. Geno, S. Gray, L. Herbert-Cheshire, V. Higgins, C.D. Irons, E. Jakku, G. Lawrence, L. Llambí, L.D. Llambí, S. Lockie, W. McClintock, B. Moon, S. Pepperdine, J.P. Reser, N. Taylor, T.W. Tucker, T.J. Wallington
Contents: Part I: The Role of the Social Sciences in Natural Resource Management Part II: Planning and Impact Assessment Part III: Sustaining Resources Part IV: Institutions and Regulation Index