© 2004

Nature, Environment and Society

  • Authors
  • Comprehensive review of the field
    Unique longterm perspective
    Illustrated with a range of international examples

Part of the Sociology for a Changing World book series (SCW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Philip W. Sutton
    Pages 1-12
  3. Philip W. Sutton
    Pages 13-27
  4. Philip W. Sutton
    Pages 28-54
  5. Philip W. Sutton
    Pages 55-75
  6. Philip W. Sutton
    Pages 115-132
  7. Philip W. Sutton
    Pages 133-153
  8. Philip W. Sutton
    Pages 173-184
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 185-216

About this book


How have sociologists responded to the emergence of environmentalism? What has sociology to offer the study of environmental problems? This uniquely comprehensive guide traces the origins and development of environmental movements and environmental issues, providing a critical review of the most significant debates in the new field of environmental sociology. It covers environmental ideas, environmental movements, social constructionism, critical realism, 'ecocentric' theory, environmental identities, risk society theory, sustainable development, Green consumerism, ecological modernization and debates around modernity and post- modernity. Philip Sutton adopts a long-term view, which focuses on the relationship between ideas of nature and environment, ecological identities and social change, providing a framework for future research.
Bringing environmental isssues into contact with sociological theories, Nature, Environment and Society provides an up-to-date introduction to this important new field. It will be essential reading for all students of sociology, environmental studies and anyone interested in understanding environmental problems.


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About the authors

PHILIP SUTTON is Lecturer in Sociology at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nature, Environment and Society
  • Authors Philip Sutton
  • Series Title Sociology for a Changing World
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-99567-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-99568-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-21244-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 216
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Environmental Sociology
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