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The Sociology of the Environment

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The Sociology of the Environment

9781852789022 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Michael R. Redclift, Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy, King’s College, University of London, UK and Graham Woodgate, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sociology, Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK
Publication Date: 1995 ISBN: 978 1 85278 902 2 Extent: 2,004 pp
In The Sociology of the Environment, Michael Redclift and Graham Woodgate have brought together a diverse collection of writings from within the human sciences. These papers chart the progress which sociology has made in addressing the environment. Although they are not all written by sociologists, they do illuminate a number of largely unresolved issues for sociology, which mark important departures for the discipline and which necessitate a radical rethink of inherited assumptions.

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In The Sociology of the Environment, Michael Redclift and Graham Woodgate have brought together a diverse collection of writings from within the human sciences. These papers chart the progress which sociology has made in addressing the environment. Although they are not all written by sociologists, they do illuminate a number of largely unresolved issues for sociology, which mark important departures for the discipline and which necessitate a radical rethink of inherited assumptions.

The readings are organized under a number of different themes, ranging from the theoretical foundations of the discipline to post-industrial Utopianism. Other areas covered include Marxism and the environment, neo-Malthusianism and environmental determination, biocentric theories, radical ecology, scientific enquiry and the environment, international perspection, and social movement and the environment. The editors conclude that sociology still has much to do in rising to the challenge of interpreting environmental change, indicating that this must be done by forging relationships with other disciplines, in which the contribution that sociology can make is underlined rather than lost.
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Contributors include: A. Atkinson, R. Bahro, F. Engels, J. Habermas, T. Malthus, K. Marx, J. O’Connor, M. Perelman, J. Porritt, R. Sylvan
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97 articles, dating from 1949 to 1993
Contents: Foundations, Marxism and the Environment, Neo-Malthusianism and Environmental Determination, Biocentric Theories: Deep Ecology, Gaia Ecofeminism, Radical Ecology, Scientific Enquiry and the Environment, International Perspection, Social Movement and the Environment and Post-Industrial Utopianism
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