Environmental Sociology
Theory and Practice

Michael D. Mehta, Éric Ouellet   (Eds.)

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-895712-80-3 (1995)
418 pages, 700 g, 7.125 X 9.125, $39.00 (US$31.25)

This volume of original articles, by leading North American researchers, academics and practitioners in the fields of sociology, environmental studies, geography and political science, provides a foundational framework for a more integrated environmental sociology. It defines and synthesizes the various theoretical perspectives in the field and contains a number of case studies for practical reference.

Environmental Sociology is not only a sociology of the environment, but rather a sociology informed by an understanding of ecological limits. In this book, a wide range of issues are covered including theories of risk, sustainable development, behaviour and design, urban planning, social impact assessment, resource management, energy, and research on both natural and technological hazards.

Anyone interested in this diverse and emerging field will find this book very helpful in providing a basic framework for understanding these important issues. The case studies presented in section two of the book can be applied to sociological and environmental situations world-wide. Environmental Sociology: Theory and Practice can be used as a textbook for such courses as sociology, environmental studies, political science, and geography. For academics, professionals, and librarians, it is also a key resource in this new field of growing importance.

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1: The Theoretical Approach

  • Sociology of the Environment: From Human Ecology to Ecosociology (Jean-Guy Vaillancourt)
  • What is Environmental Sociology? An Inquiry into the Paradigmatic Status of Environmental Sociology (David B. Tindall)
  • Environmental Sociology: A Distinct Field of Inquiry? (Donna E. Hughes)
  • Meeting the Challenge of the 21st Century: Sociology and Environmental Degradation (Michael Clow)
  • Nature: Adversary or Victim? The Problem of Control in the Relationship between Nature and Society (Ralf Starkloff)
  • Taking Stock of Two Decades of Research on the Social Bases of Environmental Concern (Allan Greenbaum)
  • Environmental Studies in Context: Knowledge, Language, History and the Self (Éric Darier)
  • On the Problems and Possibilities of Green Social Theory (Joseph G. Moore)
  • Environmental Risk: A Macrosociological Perspective (Michael Dinshaw Mehta)
  • Environmentalism and the Politics of Invisibility (Ted Schrecker)
  • Sustainable Development: A Sociologist's View of the Definition, Origins and Implications of the Concept (Jean-Guy Vaillancourt)
  • The Sociology of Sustainability: Feminist Economic Approaches to Survival (Melody Hessing)
  • The Designed Environment in Environmental Sociology (Charles C. Gordon)
  • 2: The Case-Study Approach

    • Social and Political Factors in Environmental Protection in Canada (Louis Guay)
    • The Making of a Polluter: A Social History of Uniroyal Chemical in Elmira (David Cameron)
    • Organizational Analysis and Environmental Sociology: The Case of Greenpeace Canada (Éric Ouellet)
    • Environmental Harmony and Human Perception of Nature Ecosystem Management Tools for Land-use Planning (Paul Harpley and Rob Milne)
    • Provincial Innovation in Policy Making: Ontario Moves towards Putting the Public into Public Transportation (Anton H. Turrittin)
    • Press Analyses and Environmental Management (Robert Tessier)


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