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Handbook of environmental sociology
Dunlap, Riley E.
Publication Information:
Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
x, 602 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Environmental sociology : an introduction / Riley E. Dunlap, William Michelson, and Glenn Stalker -- Sociological theory and the natural environment / Frederick H. Buttel and Craig R. Humphrey -- Theory and the sociological study of the built environment / William Michelson and Willem van Vliet-- -- Socio-behavioral qualities of the built environment / Sherry Ahrentzen -- Macro-environments and people : cities, suburbs, and metropolitan areas / David Popenoe and William Michelson -- Designing the built environment / Leslie Kilmartin -- Rural environments and agriculture / Don E. Albrecht and Steve H. Murdock -- Energy, society, and environment / Loren Lutzenhiser, Craig K. Harris, and Marvin E. Olsen -- Natural hazards and disasters / Joanne M. Nigg and Dennis Mileti --

Technological hazards and disasters / Steve Kroll-Smith, Stephen R. Couch, and Adeline G. Levine -- Risk, technology, and society / Thomas Dietz, R. Scott Frey, and Eugene A. Rosa -- Human dimensions of global environmental change / Thomas Dietz and Eugene A. Rosa -- Social impact assessment and technology assessment / Kurt Finsterbusch and William R. Freudenburg -- The environmental movement in the United States / Angela G. Mertig, Riley E. Dunlap, and Denton E. Morrison -- Environmental concern : concept and measurement issues / Riley E. Dunlap and Robert Emmet Jones -- Environmental sociology in nonacademic settings / Barbara A. Payne and Christopher Cluett.
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This comprehensive overview of the first quarter-century of American environmental sociology introduces readers to the research and theoretical perspectives in this new field of study. Formally established in 1976 with the formation of the American Sociological Association's Section on Environmental Sociology, the field emerged in response to widespread societal recognition of the significance of environmental problems in the 1970s and has flourished ever since. Focusing on both built and natural environments, this volume provides overviews of key topics in both branches of the field, summarizing and synthesizing existing research in each area.

Although this volume pays ample attention to theoretical perspectives in environmental sociology, it also provides thorough reviews of research on the central topics in the field. Contributors introduce and consider the current work available in such areas as the design of built environments, hazards and disasters, risks, the environmental movement, and impact assessment, among others. This timely and important collection is a must-read for students and scholars specializing in environmental sociology, social ecology, environmental studies, and urban and regional planning.

Author Notes

RILEY E. DUNLAP is Boeing Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sociology at Washington State University. A past Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Environmental Sociology and Past President of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Environment and Society, he was also recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in recognition of his contributions to the field of environmental sociology.

WILLIAM MICHELSON is S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology at University of Toronto, where he is also currently Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is co-editor of Housing and Neighborhoods: Theoretical and Empirical Contributions (Greenwood, 1987). In 1994, he was elected to membership in the Royal Society of Canada.

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The field of environmental sociology has developed over the past 25 years to the point that it is no longer simply an extension of standard sociology applied to environmental issues, but has become its own unique subdiscipline. This volume does an excellent job of putting the field in context by collecting state-of-the-art essays that define environmental sociology. Dunlap (Washington State Univ.) and Michelson (Univ. of Toronto) have been active environmental sociologists since the 1970s, and the individual chapter authors are well known and respected. The book is organized around the concepts of the built environment and the natural environment, and includes a comprehensive introductory chapter as well as chapters on cities and suburbs, agriculture, energy, natural and technological hazards, social impact assessment, and social movements. The concluding chapter discusses the work of environmental sociologists in nonacademic settings. Each chapter includes a thorough bibliography, and biographical sketches of all the authors are provided. Readers will see a similarity to The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, by Michael Redclift and Graham Woodgate (CH, Jul'98), but with a more integrated approach focusing on North America. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduate collections and above. A. A. Hickey Western Carolina University

Table of Contents

Environmental Sociology: An IntroductionRiley E. Dunlap and William Michelson and Glenn Stalker
Sociological Theory and the Natural EnvironmentFrederick H. Buttel and Craig R. Humphrey
Theory and the Sociological Study of the Built EnvironmentWilliam Michelson and Willem van Vliet
Socio-Behavioral Qualities of the Built EnvironmentSherry Ahrentzen
Macro-Environments and People: Cities, Suburbs, and Metropolitan AreasDavid Popenoe and William Michelson
Designing the Built EnvironmentLeslie Kilmartin
Rural Environments and AgricultureDon E. Albrechtv and Steve H. Murdock
Energy, Society, and EnvironmentLoren Lutzenhiser and Craig K. Harris and Marvin E. Olsen
Natural Hazards and DisastersJoanne M. Nigg and Dennis Mileti
Technological Hazards and DisastersSteve Kroll-Smith and Stephen R. Couch and Adeline G. Levine Risk
Technology, and SocietyThomas Dietz and R. Scott Frey and Eugene A. Rosa
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental ChangeThomas Dietz and Eugene A. Rosa
Social Impact Assessment and Technology AssessmentKurt Finsterbusch and William R. Freudenburg
The Environmental Movement in the United StatesAngela G. Mertig and Riley E. Dunlap and Denton R. Morrison
Environmental Concern: Conceptual and Measurement IssuesRiley E. Dunlap and Robert Emmet Jones
Environmental Sociology in Nonacademic SettingsBarbara A. Payne and Christopher Cluett