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Edited by Michael R. Redclift and Graham Woodgate
Graham Woodgate Volume aims and editorial reflections This collection of original, commissioned essays provides an assessment of the scope and content of environmental sociology both in disciplinary terms and in terms of its wider interdisciplinary contribution, reflecting work by anthropologists, historians, geographers, ecological economists, philosophers and political scientists, as well as dedicated environmental sociologists. More than a decade has passed since the first edition of this handbook was published to considerable acclaim, and environmental sociology is now firmly established as a critical social science discipline, as well as a very broad and inclusive field of intellectual endeavour. Our goal in producing a completely new edition is to mark some of the changes, as well as the continuities, in the field of environmental sociology and to include chapters that draw attention to the substantive concerns and theoretical debates of today. All the contributors have well-established academic backgrounds and many are also intimately involved in national, regional or global environmental policy processes from formulation through to implementation. Some of the authors provided chapters for the first edition (1997), but we have also commissioned pieces from other established scholars and younger colleagues who are challenging earlier approaches, highlighting alternative dimensions and bringing new perspectives to bear. The volume is divided into three parts: I – concepts and theories; II – substantive issues; and III – international perspectives. While there is some overlap between these three parts, there is an overall progression from the general towards the particular. Each part begins with an editorial commentary that briefly...