Book Review of “Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World”

By Daniel Stokols (Academic Press, 2018)
  • J. J. McIntyre-MillsEmail author
  • N. R. A. RommEmail author
Book Review

Stokols indicates that he began his research as a young boy studying the biology of marine organisms (2018, p. 4). The narrative of his personal and research journey details how he studied oceans as part of social ecology. He stresses that marine and land species are at risk and that we face the 6th mass extinction (Stokols, p.239); in this sense he echoes Urry’s notion (2010) that we are “consuming the planet to excess”. He notes with alarm that humans consume the equivalent of 1.6 planets per year (2018, p.253) and that this will evidently impact on food security as the population grows to 11.2 billion by 2100.

The psychological impact of living in a stressful city environment is underlined by his citing studies that show that domestic violence is higher amongst those without a view of trees (or connection to the environment) than those whose city blocks had an outlook onto greenery (Stokols 2018, p.293). He provides in-depth studies on the impact of the city on people and the...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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