The first book of its kind, Sociology and the New Materialism explores the many and varied applications of “new materialism,” a key emerging trend in 21st century thought, to the practice of doing sociology. Offering a clear exposition of new materialist theory and using sociological examples throughout to enable the reader to develop a materialist sociological understanding, the book: • Outlines the fundamental precepts of new materialism • Explores how materialism provides new perspectives on the range of sociological topic areas • Explains how materialist approaches can be used to research sociological issues and also to engage with social issues. Sociology and the New Materialism is a clear and authoritative one-stop guide for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology, cultural studies, social policy and related disciplines.
Chapter 3: Environment Humans, Posthumans and Ecological Sociology
Environment Humans, Posthumans and Ecological Sociology
In the previous chapter, we considered the ways in which materialist scholars and researchers have conceptualized the world in terms of its materiality, and made some suggestions about how this perspective affects the ways in which a materialist sociological imagination might develop. We developed a set of propositions to guide the practice of a materialist sociology, and also identified an emphasis on exploring assemblage micropolitics. To develop this imagination further, we will focus in this chapter on a foundational issue in sociology: the relationship between humans and their environment.
Our intention here is to bring to bear a materialist perspective on the specific ways in which sociology has considered environment, and in the process, ...