About This Book
A comprehensive yet accessible introduction to theconceptualtoolsused to explore real-world environmental problems
Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction, Third Edition demonstrates how theoretical approachessuch as environmental ethics, political economy, andsocial constructionwork asconceptualtools toidentify andclarifycontemporary environmentalissues.Assuming no background knowledge in the subject, thisreader-friendlytextbook uses clear language and engaging examplestofirstdescribenine keyconceptual tools, and thenapplythem to a variety of familiar objects—frombottled water and Frenchfriestotrees, wolves, and carbon dioxide.Throughout the text, highly accessiblechapters provide insight intothe relationship between the environment and present-day society.
Divided intotwo parts, thetextbegins by explainingmajortheoreticalapproachesforinterpreting the environment-society relationshipanddiscussingdifferent perspectives about environmental problems. Part II examines a series of objects, each viewed througha sample ofthetheoreticaltoolsfrom Part I, helping readers think critically aboutcritical environmentaltopics such as deforestation, climate change, the global water supply, andhazardouse-waste.Thisfully revised third edition stresses a wider range of competing ways of thinking about environmental issuesand features additionalcases studies, up-to-dateconceptual understandings, andnew chapters in PartIonracializdenvironmentsand feminist approaches.Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction, Third Edition:
- Coverstheoretical lensessuch ascommodities, environmental ethics, andrisks and hazards, and applies them totouchstone environment-societyobjects likewolves, tuna, trees, and carbon dioxide
- Usesaconversational narrative to explainkey historicalevents, topical issues and policies, andscientific concepts
- Featuressubstantial revisions and updates, including new chapters on feminismand race, andimproved maps and illustrations
- Includes a wealth of in-book and online resources, including exercisesandboxed discussions, chapter summaries, review questions, references, suggested readings, an online test bank, and internet links
- Providesadditionalinstructorsupport such assuggested teaching models, full-colorPowerPoint slides, and supplementary teaching material
Retaining theinnovative approachof its predecessors, Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction, Third Edition remains the ideal textbook for courses inenvironmental issues, environmental science, andnatureandsociety theory.