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Terry Marsden

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter Introduction: Introduction The Social Science of Nature: Nature's Passage and Pathways

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Introduction The Social Science of Nature: Nature's Passage and Pathways
Introduction The Social Science of Nature: Nature's Passage and Pathways
Terry Marsden

Green thought and its scientific enterprise has blossomed since the 1970s, such that it is now fairly unimaginable not to consider ‘the environment’ or ‘nature’ as a central arena of study, policy and social and economic action. Many, even non-social scientists, now argue that the time of environmental social science, and indeed its rightful place at the centre of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary sustainability science, has now arrived. This has been a major theme emerging out of the last Rio summit, the development of initiatives like ‘Future Earth', research programmes based around the ‘grand challenges', such as climate change, adaptation and mitigation, food security, cities and ...

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