This timely resource, written by a team of authors who are working at the forefront of the public sociology movement, provides a contemporary analysis of public sociology. The book highlights a variety of ways in which sociology brings about social change in community settings, assists nonprofit and social service organizations in their work, and influences policy at the local, regional, and national levels. The book also spotlights sociology that informs the general public on key policy issues through media and creates research centers that develop and carry out collaborative research.

Case Studies 2. Environmental Issues

Case studies 2. Environmental issues

Environmental catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and the recent BP Oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are disturbing reminders of the tenuous relationship between society and the environment. Environmental sociologists examine the social character of environmental issues and play a vital role in understanding and helping to solve environmental problems. They raise important questions regarding privilege and access to resources, and why some populations are more likely to be affected by environmental problems than others; they examine the role of corporations and industry in contributing to environmental crises, and how governments respond, or contribute to environmental injustices.

The public sociologists in this section offer three different perspectives on environmental sociology. The first case study describes the ...

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