This is a comprehensive yet accessible text that exposes students to the interaction between society and the environment. Each chapter opens with a stimulating case example or scenario that helps students grasp this interaction, while a "Focus on the U.S." feature helps students relate global environmental issues to everyday life in the United States. Students learn how to use social theories to better understand environmental issues, both at home and internationally.
This work uses many examples to demonstrate how social theories can be used to understand environmental issues around the world and in the US. Environmental issues such as world population growth, world hunger, and the energy crisis are examined from the perspective of conservative, managerial, and radical sociological paradigms, drawing on the work of Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Karl Marx. The text can be used in undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in sociology, and in environmental sciences courses and courses in other sociological subdisciplines. Humphrey is affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)