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Sociology of Environment

Silent Spring, Deep Ecology, Greenhouse-effect, Sociology of Environment Bibliography

What is sociology of environment? What is environmentalism? How have sociologists responded to the emergence of environmentalism? What is Environmental Movement? What are environmental issues? What is environmental problem? What has sociology of environment to offer the study of environmental problems? Exploring the cultural roots of environmental belief systems and the structural arrangements that maintain such belief systems in society. Exploring environment and social change and urging environmental groups to do something about environmental ethics. Environmental Citizenship is an idea that each of us is an integral part of a larger ecosystem and that our future depends on each one of us embracing the challenge and acting responsibly and positively toward our environment. The relationship between ideas of nature and environment, ecological identities and social change. Assessment of sociological theories of the relations between societies and their natural biophysical environment and virtually all of the major perspectives, focal points, and debates in environmental sociology today.

Sociology of Environment covers environmental ideas, environmental movements, social constructionism, critical realism, "ecocentric" theory, environmental identities, risk society theory, sustainable development, Green consumerism, ecological modernization and debates around modernity and post-modernity.

Cornell University provides an overview of environmental sociology and hyperlinks to resources on the Web. The main purpose of this page is to be a resource where viewers can find more information about this growing subdiscipline and connect to interesting sites.

Knowing nature, Knowing Science. An Ethnography of Local Environmental Activism.


The Loka Institute - Making Research, Science & Technology Responsive to Democratically Decided Social & Environmental Concerns -


Environmental Citizenship is an idea that each of us is an integral part of a larger ecosystem and that our future depends on each one of us embracing the challenge and acting responsibly and positively toward our environment. It's about making changes in our daily lives to be environmental citizens all day, every day.


As a global organisation, Greenpeace focuses on the the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet's biodiversity and environment. -

Friends of the Earth inspires solutions to environmental problems which make life better for people.

CETOS, a project of the Tides Center, is a non-profit environmental group working on four interrelated issues:

The Politics of Transformation - Local Activism in the Peace and Environmental Movements

Zisk studies the group and movement successes both short-run and long-run, and activist group adaptations to change in the larger social and political world in light of political upheaval in Eastern Europe.

Sociology of Environment Journals

Journal of Environmental Psychology

Environmental Ethics

Ethics, Place, and Environment

Environment and History Journal - A rapidly growing interest in the state of the global environment has developed in the last two decades, together with a feeling that we have entered a period of environmental crisis. This has encouraged a wide range of scholars, including historians, to reassess their concerns in a much more ecological light.

Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action - KINDLE EDITION - EBOOK

Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action - HARDCOVER

An Invitation to Environmental Sociology - KINDLE EDITION

Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology by Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

An Invitation to Environmental Sociology by Michael Mayerfeld Bell.

Multilevel Governance of Global Environmental Change: Perspectives from Science, Sociology and the Law by Gerd Winter.

Environmental Sociology: From Analysis To Action Leslie King, Deborah Mccarthy (Editors)

Nature, Environment and Society (Sociology for a Changing World) by Philip W. Sutton

Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues, Third Edition
Book by Charles L. Harper

Sociology and the Environment: A Critical Introduction to Society, Nature, and Knowledge Book by Alan Irwin

Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective (Environment and Society) Book by John A. Hannigan, Routledge, Environment/Planning.

The Sociology of Energy, Buildings and the Environment : Constructing Knowledge, Designing Practice (Global Environmental Change) Book by Simon Guy, Elizabeth Shove

Environment and Community Empowerment (Research in Community Sociology , Vol 7) Book by Danesh A. Chekki (Editor)

Environment and Global Modernity (SAGE Series in International Sociology)
Book by Gert Spaargaren (Editor), Arthur P J Mol (Editor), Frederick H Buttel (Editor)

The Ecology of Place: Planning for Environment, Economy, and Community
Book by Timothy Beatley, Kristy Manning

Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, And Future - 6th edition Book by Andrew Goudie

Mexican Americans And The Environment: Tierra Y Vida (The Mexican American Experience) Book by Devon Gerardo Pena

Sociological Theory and the Environment
Book by Riley E. Dunlap (Editor), Frederick H. Buttel, Peter Dickens, August Gijswijt

Risk, Environment and Society: Ongoing Debates, Current Issues and Future Prospects (Issues in Society) Book by Piet Strydom

Environment and Social Theory (Routledge Introductions to Environment)
Book by John Barry

Rural Sociology and the Environment Book by Donald R. Field, William R. Burch

Sociology of Environment by Pawar, Patil

The Sociology of the Environment (International Library of Critical Writings in Sociology, 3 Volume Set) Book by Graham Woodgate, Michael Redclift (Editor)

Women Pioneers for the Environment Book by Mary Joy Breton.

Sociology of Environment, Syllabus

Sociology of Environment, Energy, and a Sustainable Society - Syllabus - SOC 4090-001 Topics in Sociology: Visiting Professor Koichi Hasegawa - Kokugakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.
The course will focus on the sociological analysis of structures of environmental problems, especially the interaction and process of pollutants; the effects of pollution on human lives.

This course teaches ecology in the context of agriculture whereby ecological principles are applied within the "managed" ecosystems of agricultural landscapes. Emphasis is placed on sustainable means of growing food within farming systems - food, fiber, and livestock production practices and their interactions with human socioeconomic conditions.

This team-taught course makes in-depth examinations of environmental issues from socioeconomic, political, economical, and ecological perspectives. Case studies of local, regional, national, and international issues are analyzed. Topics covered include causes and effects of land degradation, links between poverty and environmental degradation, urbanization, globalization, loss of biodiversity, and adoption/enforcement of international environmental protocols.

This course introduces students to the role of being a professional "change agent" when working with new ideas and change. The focus is on ideas/changes within the environmental conservation/management arena and the attendant social consequences.

Environment and Social Change
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Sociology and Social Work
A belief in mastery over nature rather than harmony is one of the most fundamental taken-for-granted aspects of American culture. Environment and Social Change explores the cultural roots of this belief system and the structural arrangements that maintain a master-over-nature worldview. The class explores shifts and challenges to this worldview through exploration into the anti-globalization movement, contemporary environmental movements, sustainable development and the emergence of eco-consciousness. Environment and Social Change is designed so as to provide students with hands-on research experience in environmental sociology.