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An Invitation to Environmental Sociology

Fourth Edition


August 2012 | 400 pages | SAGE South Asia
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The highly praised Fourth Edition of An Invitation to Environmental Sociology brings out the sociology of environmental possibility, inviting students to delve into this rapidly changing field. Written in a lively, engaging style, Bell covers the broad range of topics in environmental sociology with a personal passion rarely seen in sociology textbooks.

New To This Edition

- A new section in Chapter 1 discusses the challenges to sustainability posed by energy production and use
- Significant revisions to Chapter 5 add a new section on the sociology of food and a new section on the sociology of mobilities and environmental flows
- A new section in Chapter 8 on the social construction of “environmental non-problems” focuses on climate change skepticism
- Discussion of the realist—constructionist debate is updated in light of recent scholarship

Features and Benefits

- Improves the exposition and integration of the unifying concept of ecological dialogue
- Develops the notion of virtual environmentalism as a practical application of environmental sociology to real-world problems
- Offers an integration of environmental social movement theory
- Discusses the latest theoretical trends in environmental sociology, including environmental flows, the Jevons paradox, disproportionality, degrowth, and participatory governance

Online resources for instructors and students are available at www.pineforge.com/bell4e
 
Preface
 
Environmental Problems and Society
 
I: THE MATERIAL
 
Consumption and Materialism
 
Money and Machines
 
Population and Development
 
Body and Health
 
II: THE IDEAL
 
The Ideology of Environmental Domination
 
The Ideology of Environmental Concern
 
The Human Nature of Nature
 
The Rationality of Risk
 
III: THE PRACTICAL
 
Mobilizing the Ecological Society
 
Governing the Ecological Society
 
References
 
Notes
 
Index

"The book strikes such a nice balance on so many levels. This is not only the best environmental sociology text I've used, but it's is the best text - of any type - I've used in college-level teaching. I really look forward to the fourth edition."

Cliff Brown
University of New Hampshire

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Michael Mayerfeld Bell

Michael Mayerfeld Bell is Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For his day job, he is principally an environmental sociologist and a social theorist, focusing on dialogics, the sociology of nature, and social justice. These concerns for the world have led him to studies of agroecology, the body, community, consumption, culture, development, food, democracy, economic sociology, gender, inequality, participation, place, politics, rurality, the sociology of music, and more. He is also a part-time composer of grassroots and classical music, and a mandolinist, guitarist, and singer. More About Author

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