Cultures of Environmentalism

Empirical Studies in Environmental Sociology

Author: S. Yearley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230514863

Category: Science

Page: 205

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As environmental issues increasingly impinge on society, sociologists have turned their attention to nature and the environment. However, unlike the majority of sociological work on environmental issues, which has too often been dominated by abstract theoretical disputes, this book concentrates on empirical studies in environmental sociology. It shows what sociologists can bring to current debates over environmental topics (including genetic modification) and - using the author's first-hand research - demonstrates how sociologists can best pursue practical work on environmental topics.

Handbuch Umweltsoziologie

Author: Matthias Groß

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3531930974

Category: Social Science

Page: 732

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Das Handbuch Umweltsoziologie bietet eine umfassende und aktuelle Übersicht über das breite und dynamische soziologische Forschungsfeld zum Natur-Gesellschaftsverhältnis. Es führt in die aktuellen theoretischen und methodischen Ansätze im nationalen und internationalen Kontext sowie zukunftsweisende Forschungs- und Praxisfelder ein. Das Handbuch zeigt darüber hinaus die Herausforderungen und Chancen der umweltsoziologischen Forschung in Kooperation mit anderen Disziplinen auf.

Gesellschaftliche Naturkonzeptionen

Ansätze verschiedener Wissenschaftsdisziplinen

Author: Jana Rückert-John

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 365815733X

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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Mit den Beiträgen dieses Sammelbandes wird die Absicht verfolgt, die politisch intendierte Natur- und Umweltforschung zur Reflexion über ihre gesellschaftstheoretischen Grundlagen anzuregen. In der aktuellen sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung wird diskutiert, dass die Natur nicht als Gegenüber der Gesellschaft, als das Andere konzipiert werden kann, womit zugleich eine tendenzielle Sinnentleerung dieses Begriffs verbunden ist. Vielmehr muss es darum gehen, die Wissensordnungen und ihre alltagsweltlichen Bezüge und Kontexte in den Blick zu nehmen, das heißt, wie Gesellschaft alltäglich Natur konzipiert, um ihre Probleme darin zu spiegeln und bearbeiten zu können.

Nature, Environment and Culture in East Asia

The Challenge of Climate Change

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004253041

Category: Political Science

Page: 468

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Nature, Environment and Culture in East Asia. The Challenge of Climate Change explores East Asian cultural variations in approaching and solving environmental challenges in the past, present, and future—important perspectives from cultural studies to the current global environmental and climate crisis.

Handbuch Energiewende und Partizipation

Author: Lars Holstenkamp,Jörg Radtke

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3658094168

Category: Political Science

Page: 1183

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Dieses Handbuch thematisiert in 68 sozial- und geisteswissenschaftlichen Beiträgen die Transformation des Energiesystems in Deutschland und anderen Ländern vor dem Hintergrund zivilgesellschaftlich-ökonomisch-staatlicher Aktivitäten und Entwicklungen. Die so genannte Bürgerenergie beschreibt eine gemeinschaftliche Betreibung von Energieanlagen. Träger können engagierte Bürger sein, aber auch Beteiligungsangebote und Einrichtungen der öffentlichen Hand können zu diesen Formen zählen – jenseits konventioneller Betreibung und Nutzung. Hinzu kommen weitere Formen der Beteiligung, des Austausches und Diskurses von Bürgern, Unternehmen, Staat und Politik im Rahmen der Energiewende. Von Interesse sind dabei nicht nur sozioökonomische und technische Innovationen, sondern auch Effekte, die auf die Gesellschaft ausstrahlen und umgekehrt, wie gesamtgesellschaftliche Trends, die in die Gestaltung der Energiewende integriert werden. Die Darstellungen beschränken sich nicht nur auf die Beschreibung einzelner Entwicklungen im Bereich der Nutzung Erneuerbarer Energien, sondern beziehen sich auch auf angrenzende Bereiche der Energiepolitik, nachhaltiger Ökonomie, lokaler zivilgesellschaftlicher und staatlicher Aktivitäten, Nutzung und Einfluss von Kommunikations- und Medienformen, Technikdiskurse, Konflikte usw.

A History of Environmentalism

Local Struggles, Global Histories

Author: Marco Armiero,Lise Sedrez

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441170510

Category: History

Page: 208

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'Think globally, act locally' has become a call to environmentalist mobilization, proposing a closer connection between global concerns, local issues and individual responsibility. A History of Environmentalism explores this dialectic relationship, with ten contributors from a range of disciplines providing a history of environmentalism which frames global themes and narrates local stories. Each of the chapters in this volume addresses specific struggles in the history of environmental movements, for example over national parks, species protection, forests, waste, contamination, nuclear energy and expropriation. A diverse range of environments and environmental actors are covered, including the communities in the Amazonian Forest, the antelope in Tibet, atomic power plants in Europe and oil and politics in the Niger Delta. The chapters demonstrate how these conflicts make visible the intricate connections between local and global, the body and the environment, and power and nature. A History of Environmentalism tells us much about transformations of cultural perceptions and ways of production and consuming, as well as ecological and social changes. More than offering an exhaustive picture of the entire environmentalist movement, A History of Environmentalism highlights the importance of the experience of environmentalism within local communities. It offers a worldwide and polyphonic perspective, making it key reading for students and scholars of global and environmental history and political ecology.

Natural Resource Use and Global Change

New Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Social Ecology

Author: K. Bruckmeier

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137303158

Category: Political Science

Page: 290

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Building on recent developments in social ecology, this book advances a new critical theory of society and nature, exploring social metabolism and global resource flows in contemporary society. Barriers to global sustainability are identified and conditions for transforming industrial economies towards new sustainable resource use are described.

Digitalisierung. Theorien und Konzepte für die empirische Kulturforschung

Author: Gertraud Koch

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3744509508

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

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Digitale Technologien haben heute nahezu jeden Lebensbereich durchdrungen und das verfügbare Repertoire materieller, symbolischer und praxisbezogener Formen sichtbar verändert. Der vorliegende Band stellt verschiedene theoretische Ansätze für die empirische kulturanalytische Erforschung digitaler Kulturen vor. Er richtet sich an Studierende und Wissenschaftler der Kulturanthropologie, Soziologie, Medienwissenschaft, der Science and Technology Studies und anderen empirisch arbeitenden Sozial- und Geisteswissenschaften.

Sociological Theory and the Environment

Classical Foundations, Contemporary Insights

Author: Riley E. Dunlap

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742501867

Category: Social Science

Page: 357

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This comprehensive survey and assessment of sociological theories of the relations between societies and their 'natural' biophysical environment touches on and addresses virtually all of the major perspectives, focal points, and debates in environmental sociology today. At the same time, the book aims to go beyond an inventory of environmental sociological theory by stressing how new ground can be broken in the articulation of environmental sociology with major classical and contemporary sociological theories.

Environmental Sociology

Author: John A. Hannigan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415355124

Category: Political Science

Page: 194

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In this book the author argues that society's willingness to recognise and solve environmental problems rests primarily upon the claim-making activities of a number of issue entrepreneurs in science, mass-media and politics.

Volatile Places

A Sociology of Communities and Environmental Controversies

Author: Valerie Gunter,Steve Kroll-Smith

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1452239568

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Volatile Places: A Sociology of Communities and Environmental Controversies is a thoughtful guide to the spirited public controversies that inevitably occur when environments and human communities collide. The movie "An Inconvenient Truth" based on the environmental activism of Al Gore and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina are specifically highlighted. Authors Valerie Gunter and Steve Kroll-Smith begin with a simple observation and offer a provocative case study approach to the investigation of community and environmental controversies.

Cross-Cultural Risk Perception

A Survey of Empirical Studies

Author: Ortwin Renn,Bernd Rohrmann

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792377474

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

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Cross-Cultural Risk Perception demonstrates the richness and wealth of theoretical insights and practical information that risk perception studies can offer to policy makers, risk experts, and interested parties. The book begins with an extended introduction summarizing the state of the art in risk perception research and core issues of cross-cultural comparisons. The main body of the book consists of four cross-cultural studies on public attitudes towards risk in different countries, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, Japan, and China. The last chapter critically discusses the main findings from these studies and proposes a framework for understanding and investigating cross-cultural risk perception. Finally, implications for communication, regulation and management are outlined. The two editors, sociologist Ortwin Renn (Center of Technology Assessment, Germany) and psychologist Bernd Rohrmann (University of Melbourne, Australia), have been engaged in risk research for the last three decades. They both have written extensively on this subject and provided new empirical and theoretical insights into the growing body of international risk perception research.

The Meaning of General Theoretical Sociology

Tradition and Formalization

Author: Thomas J. Fararo

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521437950

Category: Social Science

Page: 404

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This book sets out a generative structuralist conception of general theoretical sociology; its philosophy, its problems, and its methods. The field is defined as a comprehensive research tradition with many intersecting subtraditions that share conceptual components.

A Hundred Years of Sociology

Author: Geoffrey Duncan Mitchell

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 0202366642

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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Tracing the development of scientific sociology from Comte to the present, A Hundred Years of Sociology is a concise, narrative history of the major figures, ideas, and schools that lie behind the work of contemporary sociologists. Covering both theoretical and empirical contributions, the book describes the convergence of two major streams of sociological thought: a speculative and philosophical tradition and a reformist, fact-finding tradition. Throughout the volume, the author is as much concerned with the content of ideas as with their labels and chronology. The important developments in both American and European sociology are considered in full, and special attention is given to the emergence of social anthropology and social psychology and to the profound influence of World War II on current work in the field. Sociology is still both philosophical and practical, both concerned with society in general and with particular parts or aspects of human social life, yet an effective way of thinking about human social life has been built: a formulation of the principal questions, which define the discipline, and a drawing together, in an increasingly imposing organization, of the many diverse strands of knowledge about society. A Hundred Years of Sociology is intended to acquaint the student with the intellectual history of the discipline, to show that the fundamental problems of sociology are not new, and to nurture a critical awareness of the relationship between present concerns and the heritage of the past. Not an exhaustive reference work or an encyclopedia of sociology, the book is a literate, coherent, and readable guide to this broad field that will be read with interest by all students of sociology.

Hazards in a Fickle Environment: Bangladesh

Author: C.E. Haque

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401151555

Category: Science

Page: 381

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This book evolved from a collaborative research project between the University of Manitoba, Canada and Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, which commenced in 1984 to study the problems of river channel migration, rural population displacement and land relocation in Bangladesh. The study was sponsored by the International Development Research Center (IDRC), based in Ottawa, Canada. It was through this project that I started my journey into disaster research more than thirteen years ago with basically an applied problem of massive magnitude in Bangladesh. I spent two- and-a half-years, in two stages, in Bangladesh's riparian villages to collect the empirical data for this study. Then the growing disaster discourse throughout the 1980s, especially its conceptual and theoretical areas, drew me in further, gluing my interest to these issues. In the 1990s, during my research and teaching at Brandon University, Canada, I realized that, despite the large body of literature on natural disasters, there was no work that synthesized the approaches to nature-triggered disasters in a comprehensive form, with sufficient empirical substantiation. In addition, despite the great deal of attention given to disasters in Bangladesh, I found no detailed reference book on the topic. Natural hazards and disasters, in my view, should be studied under a holistic framework encompassing the natural environment, society and individuals. Overreaction to the limitations of technocratic-scientific approaches-the control and prevention of physical events through specialized knowledge and skills-has resulted in a call for "taking the naturalness out of natural disasters.

Polish Essays in the Methodology of the Social Sciences

Author: J. Wiatr

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400993536

Category: Science

Page: 271

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Modern philosophy has benefited immensely from the intelligence, and sensitivity, the creative and critical energies, and the lucidity of Polish scholars. Their investigations into the logical and methodological foundations of mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, ethics and esthetics, psychology, linguistics, economics and jurisprudence, and the social science- all are marked by profound and imaginative work. To the centers of empiricist philosophy of science in Vienna, Berlin and Cambridge during the first half of this century, one always added the great school of analytic and methodol ogical studies in Warsaw and Lwow. To the world centers of Marxist theoretical practice in Berlin, Moscow, Paris, Rome and elsewhere, one must add the Poland of the same era, from Ludwik Krzywicki (1859-1941) onward. American socialists and economists will remember the careful work of Oscar Lange, working among us for many years and then after 1945 in Warsaw, always humane, logical, objective. In this volume, our friend and colleague, Jerzy J. Wiatr, has assembled a representative set of recent essays by Polish social scientists and philosophers. Each of these might lead the reader far beyond this book, to look into the Polish Sociological Bulletin which has been publishing Polish sociological studies in English for several decades, to study other translations of books and papers by these authors, and to reflect upon the interplay of logical, phenomenological, Marxist, empiricist and historical learning in modern Polish social understanding.

Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change

Author: Stewart Lockie,David A. Sonnenfeld,Dana R. Fisher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136707999

Category: Science

Page: 360

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The Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change explores the causes, contradictions and consequences of global social-ecological change, along with the uncertainties and governance dilemmas these create. Case studies are drawn from a variety of sectors across the developed and developing worlds to illustrate the inter-connectedness of ecosystem health, natural resource condition, livelihood security, social justice and development.

The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology

Author: M. R. Redclift,Graham Woodgate

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1849805520

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 448

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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 '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 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.

The Challenge of American History

Author: Louis P. Masur

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801862229

Category: History

Page: 331

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In The Challenge of American History, Louis Masur brings together a sampling of recent scholarship to determine the key issues preoccupying historians of American history and to contemplate the discipline's direction for the future. The fifteen summary essays included in this volume allow professional historians, history teachers, and students to grasp in a convenient and accessible form what historians have been writing about.