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Environment and Global Modernity

by Spaargaren G et al SAGE Publications Ltd
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This accomplished book argues that we can only make sense of environmental issues if we consider them as part of a more encompassing process of social transformation. It asks whether there is an emerging consensus between social scientists on the central issues in the debate on environmental change, and if concerns about the environment constitute a major prop to the process of globalization? The book provides a thorough discussion of the central themes in the emerging discipline of environmental sociology, identifying two traditions: ecological modernization theory and risk society theory. It is novel in making a serious attempt to enlarge the scope of ecological modernization theory by discussing environmental social change from a global perspective and will be required reading for students in environmental social sciences.

Introduction - Gert Spaargaren, Arthur P J Mol and Frederick H Buttel Globalization, Modernity and the Environment Classical Theory and Contemporary Environmental Sociology - Frederick H Buttel Some Reflections on the Antecedents and Prospects for Reflexive Modernization Theories in the Study of Environment and Society Ecological Modernization Theory and the Changing Discourse on Environment and Modernity - Gert Spaargaren Modern Theories of Society and the Environment - Eugene A Rosa The Risk Society Social Constructions and Social Constrictions - William R Freudenburg Toward Analyzing the Social Construction of 'the Naturalized' as Well as 'the Natural' Globalization and Environment - Arthur P J Mol Between Apocalypse-Blindness and Ecological Modernization Environmental Social Theory for a Globalizing World Economy - Michael Redclift The Ideology of Ecological Modernization in 'Double-Risk' Societies - Leonardus Rinkevicius A Case Study of Lithuanian Environmental Policy Political Modernization Theory and Environmental Politics - Pieter Leroy and Jan van Tatenhove Ecological Modernization and Post-Ecologist Politics - Ingolfur Bluhdorn Self-Organizing Complexity, Conscious Purpose and 'Sustainable Development' - Ernest Garcia