Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1136707999
  • ISBN-13: 9781136707995
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 360 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released November 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Today, the risks associated with global environmental change and the dangers of extreme climatic and geological events remind us of humanity's dependence on favourable environmental conditions. Our relationships with the landscapes and ecologies that we are a part of, the plants and animals that we share them with, and the natural resources that we extract, lie at the heart of contemporary social and political debates. It is no longer possible to understand key social scientific concerns without at the same time also understanding contemporary patterns of ecosystem change.

The Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change reviews the major ways in which social scientists are conceptualizing more integrated perspectives on society and nature, from the global to local levels. The chapters in this volume, by international experts from a variety of disciplines, explore the challenges, contradictions and consequences of social ecological change, along with the uncertainties and governance dilemmas they create.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Socio-Ecological Transformations and the Social Sciences.
Challenges, Contradictions and Consequences of Global Socio Ecological Change.
2: Ecological Modernization Theory: Taking Stock, Moving Forward1.
3: The Emergence of New World Systems Perspectives on Global Environmental Change1.
4: China's Economic Growth and Environmental Protection: Approaching a ‘Win–Win’ Situation? A Discussion of Ecological Modernization Theory1.
5: Eco-Imperialism and Environmental Justice.
6: Neoliberalism By Design: Changing Modalities of Market-Based Environmental Governance.
7: Dilemmas for Standardizers of Sustainable Consumption.
Climate Change, Energy and Adaptation.
8: Climate, Scenario-Building and Governance: Comprehending the Temporalities of Social-Ecological Change.
9: From Rio to Copenhagen: Multilateral Agreements, Disagreements and Situated Actions.
10: Marriage on the Rocks: Sociology's Counsel for Our Struggling Energy–Society Relationships.
11: Sustainability as Social Practice: New Perspectives on the Theory and Policies of Reducing Energy Consumption.
12: Environmental Migration: Nature, Society and Population Movement.
Urban Environmental Change, Governance and Adaptation.
13: Climate Change and Urban Governance: A New Politics?.
14: Recovering the City Level in the Global Environmental Struggle: Going Beyond Carbon Trading.
15: Hybrid Arrangements Within the Environmental State1.
16: The New Mobilities Paradigm and Sustainable Transport: Finding Synergies and Creating New Methods.
Risk, Uncertainty and Social Learning.
17: Towards a Socio-Ecological Foundation for Environmental Risk Research.
18: Uncertainty and Claims of Uncertainty as Impediments to Risk Management1.
19: Transboundary Risk Governance: Co-Constructing Environmental Issues and Political Solutions.
20: The Role of Professionals in Managing Technological Hazards: The Montara Blowout.
21: Social Learning to Cope with Global Environmental Change and Unsustainability1.
(Re)assembling Social-Ecological Systems.
22: The Social-Ecological Co-Constitution of Nature Through Ecological Restoration: Experimentally Coping with Inevitable Ignorance and Surprise.
23: Biological Invasions As Cause and Consequence of ‘Our’ Changing World: Social and Environmental Paradoxes1.
24: Biological Resources, Knowledge and Property1.
25: Disassembling and Reassembling Socionatural Networks: Integrated Natural Resource Management in the Great Bear Rainforest.
26: Land Use Tensions for the Development of Renewable Sources of Energy.