An Invitation to Environmental Sociology

Author: Michael Mayerfeld Bell,Loka L. Ashwood

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506301061

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

View: 2212

“This is not only the best environmental sociology text I’ve used, but it is the best text of any type I’ve used in college-level teaching.” –Dr. Cliff Brown, University of New Hampshire Join author Mike Bell and new co-author Loka Ashwood as they explore “the biggest community of all” and bring out the sociology of environmental possibility. The highly-anticipated Fifth Edition of An Invitation to Environmental Sociology delves into this rapidly changing and growing field in a clear and artful manner. Written in a lively, engaging style, this book explores the broad range of topics in environmental sociology with a personal passion rarely seen in sociology books. The Fifth Edition contains new chapters entitled “Money and Markets,” “Technology and Science,” and “Living in An Ecological Society.” In addition, this edition brings in fresh material on extraction between core and periphery countries, the industrialization of agriculture, the hazards of fossil fuel production, environmental security, and making environmentalism normal.

An Invitation to Environmental Sociology

Author: Michael Mayerfeld Bell,Loka L. Ashwood

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506301061

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

View: 3490

“This is not only the best environmental sociology text I’ve used, but it is the best text of any type I’ve used in college-level teaching.” –Dr. Cliff Brown, University of New Hampshire Join author Mike Bell and new co-author Loka Ashwood as they explore “the biggest community of all” and bring out the sociology of environmental possibility. The highly-anticipated Fifth Edition of An Invitation to Environmental Sociology delves into this rapidly changing and growing field in a clear and artful manner. Written in a lively, engaging style, this book explores the broad range of topics in environmental sociology with a personal passion rarely seen in sociology books. The Fifth Edition contains new chapters entitled “Money and Markets,” “Technology and Science,” and “Living in An Ecological Society.” In addition, this edition brings in fresh material on extraction between core and periphery countries, the industrialization of agriculture, the hazards of fossil fuel production, environmental security, and making environmentalism normal.

Constructing Social Research

The Unity and Diversity of Method

Author: Charles C. Ragin

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9780803990210

Category: Social Science

Page: 194

View: 4690

The primary goal of this book is to show unity within the diversity of activities called social research. What the study of census data, the study of one person at a time, monitoring today's events, or reconstruction of social life centuries ago all have in common is that regardless of their case material, they construct representations of social life through a dialogue of ideas (theory) and evidence (data). To illustrate, Ragin points out the important continuities in three major forms of social research: qualitative study of commonalities; comparative research on diversity; and quantitative research on relationships among variables.

Classical Sociological Theory

Author: Bert N. Adams,R A Sydie

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452264481

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 8033

A concise, yet surprisingly comprehensive theory text, given the range of ideas, historical context, and theorists discussed. Unlike other books of the type, Classical Sociological Theory focuses on how the pivotal theories contributed not only to the development of the field, but also to the evolution of ideas concerning social life.

How Societies Change

Author: Daniel Chirot

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1412992567

Category: Social Science

Page: 165

View: 4934

An exploration of how societies have changed over the past five thousand years. The discussion focuses on the idea that industrial societies, despite their great success, have created a new set of recurring and unsolved problems which will serve as a major impetus for further social change.

An Invitation to Sociology of Religion

Author: Associate Professor of Sociology Phil Zuckerman,Phil Zuckerman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135948178

Category: Religion

Page: 168

View: 9977

This book intends to serve as a conversational, colorful, engaging, and provocative introduction to the sociology of religion for undergraduates. Written in lively prose, this volume aims to introduce students to the major themes, problems and goals of the sociological study of religion while also summoning the sense of wonder and curiosity for the enterprise itself.

The Sociology of Childhood

Author: William A. Corsaro

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506386199

Category: Social Science

Page: 504

View: 4801

William A. Corsaro’s groundbreaking text, The Sociology of Childhood, discusses children and childhood from a sociological perspective. Corsaro provides in-depth coverage of the social theories of childhood, the peer cultures and social issues of children and youth, children and childhood within the frameworks of culture and history, and social problems and the future of childhood. The Fifth Edition has been thoroughly updated to incorporate the latest research and the most pertinent information so readers can engage in powerful discussions on a wide array of topics.

Treadmill of Production

Injustice and Unsustainability in the Global Economy

Author: Kenneth A. Gould,David N. Pellow,Allan Schnaiberg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317250133

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

View: 4482

Schnaiberg's concept of the treadmill of production is arguably the most visible and enduring theory to emerge in three decades of environmental sociology. Elaborated and tested, it has been found to be an accurate predictor of political-economic changes in the global economy. In the global South, it has figures prominently in the work of structural environmental analysts and has been used by many political-economic movements. Building new extensions and applications of the treadmill theory, this new book shows how and why northern analysts and governments have failed to protect our environment and secure our future. Using an empirically based political-economic perspective, the authors outline the causes of environmental degradation, the limits of environmental protection policies, and the failures of institutional decision-makers to protect human well-being.

Green Careers

Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future

Author: Jim Cassio,Alice Rush

Publisher: New Society Publishers

ISBN: 0865716439

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 622

Provides an overview of green jobs, presents profiles of ninety different occupations, offers case studies and interviews, and includes career planning information and job search resources.

Environmental Sociology

Author: John Hannigan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131775199X

Category: Political Science

Page: 258

View: 6589

The third edition of John Hannigan’s classic undergraduate text has been fully updated and revised to highlight contemporary trends and controversies within global environmental sociology. Environmental Sociology offers a distinctive, balanced treatment of environmental issues, reconciling Hannigan’s much-cited model of the social construction of environmental problems and controversies with an environmental justice perspective that stresses inequality and toxic threats to local communities.

The Social Worlds of Higher Education

Handbook for Teaching in A New Century

Author: Bernice Pescosolido,Ronald Aminzade

Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 672

View: 5566

This book provides a definitive collection of original and reprinted articles about the problems and prospects of tertiary teaching and education in the social sciences. The Handbook is accompanied by a 3.5" diskette, the Field Guide, which provides a further collection of original and reprinted ‘how to’ articles. The Handbook supplies the broad perspectives and principles about higher education and teaching in a time of rapid change: the Field Guide offers a wealth of valuable practical information for novice and experienced teachers.

Environment, Power, and Society for the Twenty-First Century

The Hierarchy of Energy

Author: Howard T. Odum

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231502931

Category: Science

Page: 432

View: 1694

Howard T. Odum possessed one of the most innovative minds of the twentieth century. He pioneered the fields of ecological engineering, ecological economics, and environmental accounting, working throughout his life to better understand the interrelationships of energy, environment, and society and their importance to the well-being of humanity and the planet. This volume is a major modernization of Odum's classic work on the significance of power and its role in society, bringing his approach and insight to a whole new generation of students and scholars. For this edition Odum refines his original theories and introduces two new measures: emergy and transformity. These concepts can be used to evaluate and compare systems and their transformation and use of resources by accounting for all the energies and materials that flow in and out and expressing them in equivalent ability to do work. Natural energies such as solar radiation and the cycling of water, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen are diagrammed in terms of energy and emergy flow. Through this method Odum reveals the similarities between human economic and social systems and the ecosystems of the natural world. In the process, we discover that our survival and prosperity are regulated as much by the laws of energetics as are systems of the physical and chemical world.

Environmental Sociology for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Nathan Young

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780199003297

Category: Environmental sociology

Page: 288

View: 4411

Series: a href=http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/a This uniquely Canadian text examines the relationship between humans and the environment, the social factors that cause environmental problems, and potential solutions to these problems. Exploring what sociologists can contribute to the study of environmental issues, this text also considers the historical relationship between humans and the natural world, theoretical perspectives, and such key topics as scarcity, sustainability, globalization, and natural disasters."

Enchanting a disenchanted world

revolutionizing the means of consumption

Author: George Ritzer

Publisher: Pine Forge Pr

ISBN: 9780761961017

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 258

View: 5779

"Seductively readable, Enchanting a Disenchanted World is a discussion stimulator without peer. With its comprehensive bibliography and student-friendly use of Marx, Weber, and postmodern theory, it provokes hypotheses and paper topics left and right. This is a boon for undergraduate sociology and a worthy three-quel to The McDonaldization of Society and Expressing America. It is relevant, fact-filled, and provocative." -- Chris Prendergast, Illinois Wesleyan University In this essential guide to how we now consume, George Ritzer provides original and probing insights into the new forms and settings of consumer culture. Ranging from hyper-real Disney worlds to the local shopping mall, these studies of the new cathedrals of consumption will be compelling to anyone interested in the cultural and economic importance of consumption in our society. George Ritzer has established himself as the foremost observer of consumer culture. This is the most important book he has written since his classic work The McDonaldization of Society.

Sociology for a New Century

Author: York William Bradshaw,Joseph F. Healey,Rebecca Smith

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 9780803990821

Category: Social Science

Page: 605

View: 2722

This book aims to help college students understand how their lives are shaped by the complexities of global social forces in our new century. It will enable students to develop an approach to thinking about social issues and evaluating claims and arguments. It demonstrates the power and value of thinking sociologically about societies today and helps teach the process of investigation, the sociological craft of research, critical thinking, and careful analysis.

Climate Change and Society

Sociological Perspectives

Author: Riley E. Dunlap,Robert J. Brulle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199356122

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 2631

Climate change is one of the most critical issues of the twenty-first century, presenting a major intellectual challenge to both the natural and social sciences. While there has been significant progress in natural science understanding of climate change, social science analyses have not been as fully developed. Climate Change and Society breaks new theoretical and empirical ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, institutions, and cultural practices. This collection of essays summarizes existing approaches to understanding the social, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of climate change. From the factors that drive carbon emissions to those which influence societal responses to climate change, the volume provides a comprehensive overview of the social dimensions of climate change. An improved understanding of the complex relationship between climate change and society is essential for modifying ecologically harmful human behaviors and institutional practices, creating just and effective environmental policies, and developing a more sustainable future. Climate Change and Society provides a useful tool in efforts to integrate social science research, natural science research, and policymaking regarding climate change and sustainability. Produced by the American Sociological Association's Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, this book presents a challenging shift from the standard climate change discourse, and offers a valuable resource for students, scholars, and professionals involved in climate change research and policy.

An Introduction to the Sociology of Work and Occupations

Author: Rudi Volti

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1483342417

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 2638

The Sociology of Work and Occupations, Second Edition connects work and occupations to the key subjects of sociological inquiry: social and technological change, race, ethnicity, gender, social class, education, social networks, and modes of organization. In 15 chapters, Rudi Volti succinctly but comprehensively covers the changes in the world of work, encompassing everything from gathering and hunting to working in today's Information Age. This book introduces students to a highly relevant analysis of society today. In this new and updated edition, globalization and technology are each given their own chapter and discussed in great depth.

Diamond

A Struggle for Environmental Justice in Louisiana's Chemical Corridor

Author: Steve Lerner,Robert D. Bullard

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262250184

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 4578

For years, the residents of Diamond, Louisiana, lived with an inescapable acrid, metallic smell -- the "toxic bouquet" of pollution -- and a mysterious chemical fog that seeped into their houses. They looked out on the massive Norco Industrial Complex: a maze of pipelines, stacks topped by flares burning off excess gas, and huge oil tankers moving up the Mississippi. They experienced headaches, stinging eyes, allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems, skin disorders, and cancers that they were convinced were caused by their proximity to heavy industry. Periodic industrial explosions damaged their houses and killed some of their neighbors. Their small, African-American, mixed-income neighborhood was sandwiched between two giant Shell Oil plants in Louisiana's notorious Chemical Corridor. When the residents of Diamond demanded that Shell relocate them, their chances of success seemed slim: a community with little political clout was taking on the second-largest oil company in the world. And yet, after effective grassroots organizing, unremitting fenceline protests, seemingly endless negotiations with Shell officials, and intense media coverage, the people of Diamond finally got what they wanted: money from Shell to help them relocate out of harm's way. In this book, Steve Lerner tells their story.Around the United States, struggles for environmental justice such as the one in Diamond are the new front lines of both the civil rights and the environmental movements, and Diamond is in many ways a classic environmental-justice story: a minority neighborhood, faced with a polluting industry in its midst, fights back. But Diamond is also the history of a black community that goes back to the days of slavery. In 1811, Diamond (then the Trepagnier Plantation) was the center of the largest slave rebellion in United States history. Descendants of these slaves were among the participants in the modern-day Diamond relocation campaign.Steve Lerner talks to the people of Diamond, and lets them tell their story in their own words. He talks also to the residents of a nearby white neighborhood -- many of whom work for Shell and have fewer complaints about the plants -- and to environmental activists and Shell officials. His account of Diamond's 30-year ordeal puts a human face on the struggle for environmental justice in the United States.

Introduction to Community Development

Theory, Practice, and Service-Learning

Author: Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.,Gary Paul Green

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412974623

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 315

View: 4106

Introduction to Community Development provides students of community and economic development with a theoretical and practical introduction to the field of community development. Bringing together leading scholars in the field of community development, the book follows the curriculum needs in offering a progression from theory to practice, beginning with a theoretical overview, an historical overview, and the various approaches to community development.

Life in a Business-oriented Society

A Sociological Perspective

Author: Richard J. Caston

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780205159758

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 5202

As a social phenomena, businesses have provided us with a set of guidelines for organizing our relations with each other into recurring social patterns. These patterns simultaneously give meaning and stability to our personal lives and give structure and coherence to the larger social order. For this reason, an understanding of how businesses operate in society is essential if we are to understand ourselves, our families, our religions, our governments, and any other facet of our society. This book explores the nature of life in a business-oriented society by surveying the interconnections between businesses and other sectors of society. This book ties together numerous sociological concepts such as socialization, power relations, deviance, and social institutions through an examination of how business influence all aspects of society. The book highlights social responsibilities of businesses concerning issues such as employee rights, and consumer and environmental protection. An ideal read for business people or sociologists alike.