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Invitation to Environmental Sociology 2ed

by Michael Mayerfeld Bell Pine Forge Press
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Pbk 344 pages
AU$75.00 NZ$78.26
Product Status: New Edition Pending - Date Unknown
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Environmental sociology is the study of community in the largest sense. When there are problems in the environment, there are problems in society-it is people who create environmental problems and people who must resolve them.

Author Michael Mayerfeld Bell uses a lively, personal writing style to take readers on a series of field trips through the vast landscape of environmental sociology. The Second Edition of An Invitation to Environmental Sociology analyzes the relevance of social theory with a social, community perspective for resolving the practical issues of our environmental problems.

The author explores three elements of environmental sociology-the material, the ideal, and the practical. In order to unite these three topics, the book examines the interplay of material and ideal factors through the central concept of ''ecological dialogue.'' The book also looks at the connection between the local and the global, the role of social inequality in environmental conflicts, and the power of the metaphor of community for understanding these social and ecological dynamics.

Key Features

The book balances a social action emphasis with an analytical and theoretical approach to encourage students' development of critical thinking on environmental sociology.

A new chapter titled ''Body and Health'' includes case examples such as the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India and mercury pollution in Ontario.

A new chapter titled ''The Rationality of Risk'' discusses risk in the context of everyday life with examples such as mad cow disease and genetically modified organisms and reflects on whether there are greater risks in society today than in the past.

An Invitation to Environmental Sociology is designed as a core textbook for undergraduate students taking courses in environmental sociology. The book is also an excellent supplementary text for courses in social problems, introductory sociology, introduction to environmental issues, and environmental ethics.

Environmental Problems and Society
The Material
Consumption and Materialism
Money and Machines
Population and Development
Body and Health
The Ideal
The Ideology of Environmental Domination
The Ideology of Environmental Concern
The Human Nature of Nature
The Rationality of Risk
The Practical
Organizing the Ecological Society

Michael Mayerfeld Bell is an associate professor of rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mike is principally an environmental sociologist, but he also conducts research on culture, economic sociology, sustainable agriculture, community, place, rural society, inequality, gender, the body, democracy, and social theory. Two central themes can be heard in all of his work: dialogics and the sociology of 'nature,' broadly conceived. Mike is the author of Childerley: Nature and Morality in a Country Village (University of Chicago Press, 1994), which was co-winner of the 1995 Outstanding Book Award of the Sociology of Culture Section of the American Sociological Association. He is the author, along with Gregory Peter, Susan Jarnagin, and Donna Bauer, of the forthcoming book Farming for Us All: Practical Agriculture and the Cultivation of Sustainability (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2004). The second edition of his An Invitation to Environmental Sociology (Pine Forge Press ), 1998) will appear in 2004. Mike has also worked as a geologist, and is the author of The Face of Connecticut: People, Geology, and the Land (State of Connecticut, 1985), which won an American Library Association award. Mike continues to have a second life as a part-time composer of songs, fiddle tunes, and classical music. He also plays mandolin in an old-time string band, the Barn Owl Band, which recently appeared on the national public radio show A Prairie Home Companion. He is currently at work on a string quartet, a suite for piano, and a symphonic poem.You can learn more about Mike's work and passions at