The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.
Deep ecology is a diverse social movement, taking its inspiration from a set of radical philosophical ideas about nature and the relationship of humans to it. The key thinkers of the deep ecology movement start with a view of humans as inseparably connected to the rest of nature. So deep is this connection and interdependence that, for them, it makes no sense to see humans as uniquely valuable. The dominant traditions of modern Western philosophy (as well as common-sense thinking) have assigned a special status to humans in virtue of our supposedly unique attributes such as rationality, capacity for language, possession of self-consciousness or freedom of choice. Because of this, human individuals have been seen as worthy of moral consideration in their ...