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Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective (Environment and Society)

Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective (Environment and Society)
Author: John Hannigan
ISBN 13: 9780415355131
ISBN 10: 415355133
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2006-09-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $61.95

This new edition of John Hannigan's well-known and respected text has been thoroughly revised to reflect recent conceptual and empirical advances in environmental sociology. The book offers a distinctive and even-handed treatment of environmental issues and debates, integrating European theoretical contributions such as risk society and ecological modernization with North American empirical insights and findings. Key updates include:

  • an extended discussion of how classic sociological theory relates to contemporary environmental sociology

  • a critical overview of contemporary interdisciplinary perspectives, namely co-constructionist theories of ‘socionature’

  • a focus on cultural sociologies of the environment, notably discourse analysis and social framing

  • updated coverage of the environmental justice movement and grassroots mobilizations

  • a review of the linkages between environmental sociology and the sociology of disasters

  • a brand new case history chapter on the escalating global conflict over freshwater resources.

Making a strong case for centrally incorporating power relations into a realist/constructionist model of environmental knowledge, politics and policy-making, this book includes a comparative analysis of the USA, Britain and Canada, and will prove a valuable student resource.