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.

Modern Theories of Society and the Environment: The Risk Society1

Modern Theories of Society and the Environment: The Risk Society1

Modern theories of society and the environment: The risk society
Eugene A.Rosa


Momentous transitions like the twentieth century's fin de siècle, but also the end of a millennium, the fin de millénaire, have always heightened the demand on social thinkers to reflect on the past age and to characterize the one that will soon replace it. What is the spirit of our age? Recent sociological theorizing, reflecting on this question, is looking toward the end of the century and toward the end of the millennium, in seeking to characterize and name both momentous events. The theoretical goal is to provide the conceptual frame and an imprimatur that captures the spirit, outlines the character and gives a name ...

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