The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society

Jules Pretty, Andy Ball, Ted Benton, Julia Guivant, David R Lee, David Orr, Max Pfeffer, Professor Hugh Ward
SAGE, 2007 M10 30 - 640 páginas
"A monumental and timely contribution to scholarship on society and environments. The handbook makes it easy and compelling for anyone to learn about that scholarship in its full manifestations and as represented by some of the most highly respected researchers and thinkers in the English-speaking world. It is wide-reaching in scope and far-reaching in its implications for public and private action, a definite must for serious researchers and their libraries."
- Bonnie J McCay, Rutgers University

"This is the desert island book for anyone interested in the relationship between society and the environment. The editors have assembled a masterful collection of contributions on every conceivable dimension of environmental thinking in the social sciences and humanities. No library should be without it!'
- Robyn Eckersley, University of Melbourne

The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, it is organised in seven sections:

  • Environmental thought: past and present
  • Valuing the environment
  • Knowledges and knowing
  • Political economy of environmental change
  • Environmental technologies
  • Redesigning natures
  • Institutions and policies for influencing the environment

Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus.

Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The SAGE Handbook of Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.


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1 Introduction to Environment and Society
Past and Present
From Locke and Rousseau to Darwin and Wallace
AntiAuthoritarian Thought and the Search for SelfOrganizing Societies
Linking Gender and Ecology
5 Deep Ecology
6 Greening the Left? From Marx to WorldSystem Theory
Problems that Any General Ethics Must Be Able to Address
22 Faces of the Sustainability Transition
Opportunity or Contradiction?
SECTION V Environmental Technologies
24 The Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
25 Healthy Environments
History of Actions and Effectiveness of Change
27 Terrestrial Environments Soils and Bioremediation
28 Regenerating Aquaculture Enhancing Aquatic Resources Management Livelihoods and Conservation

Prometheans Contrarians and Beyond
SECTION II Valuing the Environment
9 Fundamental Economic Questions for Choosing Environmental Management Instruments
10 Valuing Preferences Regarding Environmental Change
11 Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services
A Developing Country Perspective
13 Water Policy Economics and the EU Water Framework Directive
SECTION III Knowledges and Knowing
14 Ecological Design and Education
15 Knowing Systems and the Environment
16 Volunteer Environmental Monitoring Knowledge Creation and CitizenScientist Interaction
17 Environmental Ethics
18 Biocultural Diversity and Sustainability
SECTION IV Political Economy of Environmental Change
19 Representative Democracy and Environmental Problem Solution
Science and Interests
21 Protest Movements Environmental Activism and Environmentalism in the United Kingdom
Sustainability at the Consumption Junction
SECTION VI Redesigning Natures
An Evolving Paradigm
31 Environment and Human Security
32 Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
33 Animals and Society
34 Social Change and Conservation
35 Coral Reefs and People
SECTION VII Institutions and Policies for Influencing the Environment
36 The Role of Science and Scientists in Environmental Policy
37 Interdependent SocialEcological Systems and Adaptive Governance for Ecosystem Services
Current Challenges and Opportunities in CommunityBased Natural Resources and Protected Areas Management
Learning from Studies in Nepal
40 The Precautionary Principle in Environmental Policies
41 Environmental Risks and Public Perceptions
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Página 40 - Spirit of Nature ! here ! In this interminable wilderness Of worlds, at whose immensity Even soaring fancy staggers, Here is thy fitting temple. Yet not the lightest leaf That quivers to the passing breeze Is less instinct with thee : Yet not the meanest worm That lurks in graves and fattens on the dead Less shares thy eternal breath. Spirit of Nature ! thou ! Imperishable as this scene, Here is thy fitting temple.
Página 9 - Thousands of tired nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.
Página 43 - If we choose to let conjecture run wild, then animals, our fellow brethren in pain, disease, death, suffering and famine — our slaves in the most laborious works, our companions in our amusements — they may partake [of?] our origin in one common ancestor — we may be all melted together.

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I am Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex. I was Head of the Department of Biological Sciences from 2004-2008. I joined the Department in 1997, having worked for ten years at the International Institute for Environment and Development, where I was director of their sustainable agriculture programme from 1989. Before that, I worked at Imperial College. At the University of Essex, I set up the Centre for Environment and Society, which links across a variety of departments and disciplines. I was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University for six years from 2001.

Andys research if focused on the response, in terms of activity and diversity of the microbial community to environmental perturbations. One of his major interests is teh bioremediation of contaminated land and water, using both laboratory and field based research to examine the potential role of microbial communities in the treatment of waste oils and also in the factors limiting the breakdown of contaminants in contaminated sites.

MAX J. PFEFFER is International Professor of Development Sociology and Senior Associate Dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His teaching concentrates on environmental sociology and sociological theory. His research spans several areas including rural labor markets, international migration, land use and environmental planning. The work has focused on a variety of rural and urban communities, including rural/urban fringe areas. Research sites include rural New York and Central America. He has been awarded competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Research Initiative and its Fund for Rural America, and the Social Science Research Council. Pfeffer has published a wide range of scholarly articles and has written/co-edited four books. He recently published (with John Schelhas) Saving Forests, Protecting People? Environmental Conservation in Central America. Max has served on and led National Research Council committees of the Water Science and Technology Board. Max has served as Chair of the Development Sociology Department, and the Associate Director of both the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cornell University Center for the Environment.

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