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Volatile Places: A Sociology of Communities and Environmental Controversies is a thoughtful guide to the spirited public controversies that inevitably occur when environments and human communities collide. The movie "An Inconvenient Truth" based on the environmental activism of Al Gore and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina are specifically highlighted. Authors Valerie Gunter and Steve Kroll-Smith begin with a simple observation and offer a provocative case study approach to the investigation of community and environmental controversies.

Oppositional Activity and Social Capital
Oppositional activity and social capital

From the very beginning [of New York state's announcement of the possible siting of a nuclear waste dump in the area] I felt I was part of a hive of bees, threatened with destruction. People called everyone they knew. I talked to Stuart and Sally, to a farmer down the road, to Steve Myers, to you and Megan. There was a general buzz that seemed to connect us all. I sometimes think we are part of a larger organism, even though we usually pretend that we're separate individuals. When there's a crisis, we pull together, subconsciously recognizing we're part of something much bigger.

Jessie Shefrin1

Local environmental activism occurs in communities. This is more than a prosaic observation; ...

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