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Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change

Edited by: Stewart Lockie , David A. Sonnenfeld , Dana R. Fisher

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782791
eBook ISBN: 9780203814550
Adobe ISBN: 9781136707995

10.4324/9780203814550
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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. The contributions are based around the themes of:

  • Climate change, energy, and adaptation
  • Urban environmental change and governance
  • Risk, uncertainty and social learning
  • (Re)assembling social-ecological systems

With case studies from sectors across both developed and developing worlds, the Handbook illustrates the inter-connectedness of ecosystem health, natural resource condition, livelihood security, social justice and development. It will be of interest for students and scholars across the social sciences and natural sciences, as well as to those interested and engaged in environmental policy at all levels.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Socio-ecological transformations and the social sciences Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Ecological modernization theory Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The emergence of new world-systems perspectives on global environmental change 1  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  China’s economic growth and environmental protection Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Eco-imperialism and environmental justice Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Neoliberalism by design Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Dilemmas for standardizers of sustainable consumption Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Climate, scenario-building and governance Download PDF
Chapter  9:  From Rio to Copenhagen Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Marriage on the rocks Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Sustainability as social practice Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Environmental migration Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Climate change and urban governance Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Recovering the city level in the global environmental struggle Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Hybrid arrangements within the environmental state 1  Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The new mobilities paradigm and sustainable transport Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Towards a socio-ecological foundation for environmental risk research Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Uncertainty and claims of uncertainty as impediments to risk management 1  Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Transboundary risk governance Download PDF
Chapter  20:  The role of professionals in managing technological hazards Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Social learning to cope with global environmental change and unsustainability 1  Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The social-ecological co-constitution of nature through ecological restoration Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Biological invasions as cause and consequence of ‘our’ changing world Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Biological resources, knowledge and property 1  Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Disassembling and reassembling socionatural networks Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Land use tensions for the development of renewable sources of energy Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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