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.

Environmental Social Theory for a Globalizing World Economy

Environmental Social Theory for a Globalizing World Economy

Environmental social theory for a globalizing world economy


Environmental social theory needs to address both the phenomenon of globalization, and the environmental problems associated with it. Globalization is ubiquitous in the late twentieth century; marking both a series of observable, empirically defined issues, and the way in which we have come to understand them. In this contribution I want to examine some of the links between globalization and the environment, and to identify the principal issues with which a new body of social theory will need to be concerned.

The article starts with exploring the links between global economic integration and the unsustainable use of natural resources. It argues that global integration at the level of markets and material ...

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