The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Second Edition


The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Second Edition

2nd edition

9781849800884 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Michael R. Redclift, Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy, King’s College, University of London, UK and the late Graham Woodgate, formerly Senior Lecturer in Environmental Sociology, Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK
Publication Date: December 2011 ISBN: 978 1 84980 088 4 Extent: 448 pp
This thoroughly revised Handbook provides an assessment of the scope and content of environmental sociology, and sets out the intellectual and practical challenges posed by the urgent need for policy and action to address accelerating environmental change.

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This thoroughly revised Handbook provides an assessment of the scope and content of environmental sociology, and sets out the intellectual and practical challenges posed by the urgent need for policy and action to address accelerating environmental change.

More than a decade has passed since the first edition of the Handbook was published to considerable acclaim, and environmental sociology has since become firmly established as a critical social science discipline. This second edition is a major interdisciplinary reference work comprising more than 25 original essays authored by leading scholars, many of whom are intimately involved in national, regional or global environmental policy processes. It marks some of the changes and continuities in the field of environmental sociology, and highlights today’s substantive concerns and theoretical debates. The Handbook is divided into three parts covering concepts and theories, critical issues and international perspectives, each with an introduction outlining the content of the constituent chapters and cross-referencing some of the more significant themes that link them together.

Authoritative and comprehensive, this Handbook will prove to be essential reading for academics, researchers and students across the social sciences who are interested in the environment. It will also be enthusiastically received by sustainable development policy-makers and practitioners.
Critical Acclaim
Acclaim for the first edition:

‘The scope of the volume is vast and, overall, the Handbook amounts to an almost encyclopaedic reference text for scholars of environmental questions across the social sciences, be they in sociology, geography, political science or wherever.’
– Neil Ward, Environmental Politics

‘Each author writes with a distinctive style, yet the work flows well because the editors selected recognized scholars with outstanding credentials. Academic libraries, especially those serving a strong social science community, will find this work a worthwhile addition. Professors of sociology and environmental studies could use the essays for additional readings and reviews.’
– Marjorie H. Jones, American Reference Books Annual

‘This International Handbook is an important addition to the growing concern and publication in the field of environmental sociology. Certainly any serious scholar in the field should find this edited reference work of interest. . .’
– John J. Hartman, International Social Science Review
Contributors: W.M. Adams, B. Ambrose-Oji, I. Barcena Hinojal, T. Benton, R.L. Bryant, F.H. Buttel, C.N. Buzinde, J. Carmin, T. Dietz, R.E. Dunlap, A. Escobar, J.B. Foster, M.K. Goodman, N. Haenn, J. Hannigan, E.D. Hinton, M. Kousis, R. Lago Aurrekoetxea, S. Lockie, D. Manuel-Navarrete, A.P.J. Mol, R. Murphy, B.C. Parks, M.R. Redclift, J.T. Roberts, E.A. Rosa, W. Sachs, J.-G. Vaillancourt, G. Woodgate, S. Yearley, R. York

Graham Woodgate

Editorial Commentary
Graham Woodgate

1. The Maturation and Diversification of Environmental Sociology: From Constructivism and Realism to Agnosticism and Pragmatism
Riley E. Dunlap

2. Social Institutions and Environmental Change
Frederick H. Buttel

3. From Environment Sociology to Global Ecosociology: The Dunlap–Buttel Debates
Jean-Guy Vaillancourt

4. Ecological Modernization as a Social Theory of Environmental Reform
Arthur P.J. Mol

5. Ecological Modernization Theory: Theoretical and Empirical Challenges
Richard York, Eugene A. Rosa and Thomas Dietz

6. Postconstructivist Political Ecologies
Arturo Escobar

7. Marx’s Ecology and its Historical Significance
John Bellamy Foster

8. The Transition Out of Carbon Dependence: The Crises of Environment and Markets
Michael R. Redclift

9. Socio-ecological Agency: From ‘Human Exceptionalism’ to Coping with ‘Exceptional’ Global Environmental Change
David Manuel-Navarrete and Christine N. Buzinde

10. Ecological Debt: An Integrating Concept for Socio-Environmental Change
Iñaki Barcena Hinojal and Rosa Lago Aurrekoetxea
11. The Emergence Model of Environment and Society
John Hannigan

12. Peering into the Abyss: Environment, Research and Absurdity in the ‘Age of Stupid’
Raymond L. Bryant

Editorial Commentary
Graham Woodgate

13. Animals and Us
Ted Benton

14. Science and the Environment in the Twenty-first Century
Steven Yearley

15. New Challenges for Twenty-first Century Environmental Movements: Agricultural Biotechnology and Nanotechnology
Maria Kousis

16. Sustainable Consumption: Developments, Considerations and New Directions
Emma D. Hinton and Michael K. Goodman

17. Globalisation, Convergence and the Euro-Atlantic Development Model
Wolfgang Sachs

18. Environmental Hazards and Human Disasters
Raymond Murphy

19. Structural Obstacles to an Effective Post-2012 Global Climate Agreement: Why Social Structure Matters and How Addressing it Can Help Break the Impasse
Bradley C. Parks and J. Timmons Roberts

20. Environmental Sociology and International Forestry: Historical Overview and Future Directions
Bianca Ambrose-Oji

Editorial Commentary
Graham Woodgate

21. The Role of Place in the Margins of Space
David Manuel-Navarrete and Michael R. Redclift

22. Society, Environment and Development in Africa
William M. Adams

23. Neoliberal Regimes of Environmental Governance: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Agriculture in Australia
Stewart Lockie

24. Environmental Reform in Modernizing China
Arthur P.J. Mol

25. Civic Engagement in Environmental Governance in Central and Eastern Europe
JoAnn Carmin

26. A ‘Sustaining Conservation’ for Mexico?
Nora Haenn

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