Society and the Environment examines today's environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context. After outlining the contours of 'pragmatic environmentalism', Carolan considers the pressures that exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth and its associated increased demands for food and energy. He also investigates how various ecological issues, such as climate change, are affecting our very own personal health. Finally, he drills into the social/structural dynamics (including political economy and the international legal system) that create ongoing momentum for environmental ills.

This interdisciplinary text features a three-part structure in each chapter that covers 'fast facts' about the issue at hand, examines its wide-ranging implications, and offers balanced consideration of possible real-world solutions. New to this edition are 'Movement Matters' boxes, which showcase grassroots movements that have affected legislation. Discussion questions and key terms enhance the text's usefulness, making Society and the Environment the perfect learning tool for courses on environmental sociology.

part 1|93 pages

Living in a Material World

chapter 2|25 pages

Greenhouse Gases: Warmer Isn’t Better

chapter 3|23 pages

Waste: Our Sinks Are Almost Sunk

chapter 5|22 pages

Water: There’s No Substitute

part 2|93 pages

At the Intersection of Ecology and Society

chapter 7|24 pages

Transportation: Beyond Air Pollution

chapter 8|24 pages

Food: From Farm to Fork

chapter 9|21 pages

Energy Production: Our Sun-ny Prospects

part 3|67 pages

Organizing A Sustainable Society

chapter 11|18 pages

Governance: Biases and Blind Spots

chapter 12|25 pages

Inequality and Growth: Prosperity for All

part 4|26 pages

Shifting the Focus to Results