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Beschreibung

This book establishes whether contemporary social theory can help us understand the structural origins of environmental degradation and environmental politics.

David Goldblatt is a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, at the Open University.

Autorentext
David Goldblatt is a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, at the Open University.

Klappentext
Environmental degradation is no longer a peripheral concern of the social sciences and contemporary politics: it is an unavoidable and pressing reality. This book seeks to establish whether contemporary social theory can help us understand the structural origins of environmental degradation and environmental politics.


The book opens by arguing that the historical bequest of classical social theory is very limited. Marx, Weber and Durkheim lived long enough to witness the environmental consequences of modern economic growth but died too soon to witness its long term consequences and the growth of political resistance. Goldblatt attempts to transcend the limits of that tradition through a critical investigation of the work of Anthony Giddens, Andre Gorz, Jurgen Habermas and Ulrich Beck.


Social Theory and the Environment analyses the roles of capitalism, state socialism and industrialism in generating environmental degradation; the environmental implications of urbanism and globalisation; the integration of environmental questions with political economy; and the structural origins of environmental movements. It concludes with a discussion of the relationship between conceptions of socialism in social theory and its relevance to contemporary environmental politics. Wide ranging and carefully argued, this challenging text will be of particular interest to students of social and political theory, ecology and enviromental studies.



Inhalt
Preface.

Introduction: Social Theory, Environmental Degradation and Environmental Politics.

1. Capitalism, Industrialism and the Transformation of Nature: Anthony Giddens.

2. Urbanism, Globalization and Environmental Politics: Anthony Giddens.

3. The Political Ecology of Capitalism: Andre Gorz.

4. Social and Cultural Origins of Environmental Movements: Jurgen Habermas.

5. The Sociology of Risk: Ulrich Beck.

Conclusion: Social Theory, Socialism and the Environment.

List of Abbreviations.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Social Theory and the Environment
Autor:
EAN: 9780745677231
ISBN: 978-0-7456-7723-1
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Polity
Genre: Sonstiges
Anzahl Seiten: 260
Veröffentlichung: 28.05.2013
Jahr: 2013
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 22.0 MB