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Chapter 3: Environment Humans, Posthumans and Ecological Sociology

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Environment Humans, Posthumans and Ecological Sociology
Environment: Humans, Posthumans and Ecological Sociology
Introduction

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, ...

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