This accomplished book argues that we can only make sense of environmental issues if we consider them as part of a more encompassing process of social transformation. It asks whether there is an emerging consensus between social scientists on the central issues in the debate on environmental change, and if concerns about the environment constitute a major prop to the process of globalization? The book provides a thorough discussion of the central themes in environmental sociology, identifying two traditions: ecological modernization theory and risk society theory.

Introduction: Globalization, Modernity and the Environment

Introduction: Globalization, Modernity and the Environment

Introduction: Globalization, modernity and the environment
GertSpaargaren, Arthur P.J.Mol and Frederick H.Buttel

Scattered Landscapes: Globalization and the Changing Nature of Borders

The process of globalization did not just alter the character of modern societies themselves, it also influenced sociological theorizing on modernity. The post hoc, seemingly well-ordered nation-state system was transformed into a global system which surrounded the nation-state in a tight web of socio-economic, political and cultural relations. Although perhaps suggested by the term itself, globalization is not to be investigated only or even primarily at the highest analytical level possible. The globalization process also implies the reshaping of social relations at the local and regional levels.

The net result of globalization as an historical process is a wide range of new ...

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