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Cultures of Environmentalism
Empirical Studies in Environmental Sociology
 
 
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23 Nov 2004
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This concise and clearly written book demonstrates the power and scope of empirical analysis in environmental sociology. In doing so, it provides an antidote to the recent dominance of abstract theoretical disputes in sociological work on nature and the environment.
Dividing the author's first-hand research studies into three categories - on cultures of movement, on environment, law and public policy, and on cultures of knowing and proving - this text uses case studies, interviews, focus-group techniques and observational analyses to explore the development of environmentalism and the environmental movement. The analyses enable the reader to understand how environmental disputes are contested, perpetuated and resolved. The cases are carefully documented with extensive use of original materials.
Drawing on the substantive findings in the empirical chapters, the book concludes with an original sociological treatment of the challenges that will face attempts to live sustainably. It is essential reading for students and academics in sociology, social anthropology, social geography and cultural studies.


Description

This concise and clearly written book demonstrates the power and scope of empirical analysis in environmental sociology. In doing so, it provides an antidote to the recent dominance of abstract theoretical disputes in sociological work on nature and the environment.
Dividing the author's first-hand research studies into three categories - on cultures of movement, on environment, law and public policy, and on cultures of knowing and proving - this text uses case studies, interviews, focus-group techniques and observational analyses to explore the development of environmentalism and the environmental movement. The analyses enable the reader to understand how environmental disputes are contested, perpetuated and resolved. The cases are carefully documented with extensive use of original materials.
Drawing on the substantive findings in the empirical chapters, the book concludes with an original sociological treatment of the challenges that will face attempts to live sustainably. It is essential reading for students and academics in sociology, social anthropology, social geography and cultural studies.


Contents

Introduction: Studying Environmental Issues Sociologically
PART I: CULTURES OF MOVEMENT: THE SOCIOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENTS AND PROBLEMS
Social Movement Theory and the Character of Environmental Social Movements
Shell, a Sure Target for Global Environmental Campaigning? [with John Forrester]
How Environmental Problems Come to be 'Global': Sociological Perspectives on the Globalisation of the Environment
PART II: STUDIES OF THE ENVIRONMENT, LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY
Bog Standards: Contesting Conservation Value at a Public Inquiry
Independence and Impartiality in Legal Defences of the Environment
Modelling the Environment: Participation, Trust and Legitimacy in Urban Air-Quality Models
PART III: CULTURES OF KNOWING AND PROVING: SCIENCE, EVIDENCE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Green Ambivalence about Science
Mad about the Buoy: Trust and Method in the Brent Spar Controversy
Genetically Modified Organisms and the Unbearable Irresolution of Testing
The Value of Environmental Sociology: Towards a Sociology of the Sustainable Society
Bibliographic References


Authors

STEVEN YEARLEY is Professor and Head of Sociology at the University of York and Senior Research Fellow of the Stockholm Environment Institute. In recent years he has also taught environmental sociology at Cornell University and the University of Melbourne. Recent books include Sociology, Environmentalism, Globalization and Making Sense of Science.