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6th Edition

Environment and Society
Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues

ISBN 9781138206496
Published March 2, 2017 by Routledge
466 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The sixth edition of Environment and Society continues to connect issues about human societies, ecological systems, and the environment with data and perspectives from different fields. While the text looks at environmental issues from a primarily sociological viewpoint, it is designed for courses in Environmental Sociology and Environmental Issues in departments of Sociology, Environmental Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, and Human Geography. Clearly defined terms and theories help familiarize students from various backgrounds with the topics at hand.

Each of the chapters is significantly updated with new data, concepts, and ideas. Chapter Three: Climate Change, Science and Diplomacy, is the most extensively revised with current natural science data and sociological insights. It also details the factors at play in the establishment of the Paris Agreement and its potential to affect global climate change. This edition elevates questions of environmental and climate justice in addressing the human-environment relations and concerns throughout the book. Finally, each chapter contains embedded website links for further discussion or commentary on a topic, concludes with review and reflection questions, and suggests further readings and internet sources.  

Table of Contents

1. Environment, Human Systems, and Social Science 2. Humans and the Resources of the Earth: Sources and Sinks 3. Climate Change, Science and Diplomacy 4. Energy and Society 5. Population, Environment, and Food 6. Globalization, Growth, and Sustainability 7. Economic Markets and Politics: Transforming Structures 8. Environmentalism. Ideology and Collective Action

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Charles Harper is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. A member of the faculty since 1968, he has developed and taught numerous courses in the sociology department. Dr. Harper’s teaching and scholarly interests included the study of social change, globalization, the sociology of religion, social theory, and environmental sociology. He has published papers in a variety of academic journals.

Monica Snowden is Professor of Sociology at Wayne State College in rural Nebraska. Dr. Snowden earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been teaching environmental sociology for nearly 20 years. Her research interests and publications are in the areas of environmental sociology, social inequalities and theory, teaching pedagogy, and most recently, barriers to access to health care. Several of her publications have been co-authored with her husband Joe Blankenau, a political scientist at Wayne State College.


I'm delighted to see a new edition of my favorite environmental sociology text, one that I have used effectively over the years. It presents the most critical topics in the field in a logical manner, making it easy on instructors and providing students with a comprehensive introduction to environmental sociology. I heartily recommend Harper and Snowden's Environment and Society, 6th Ed.

Riley E. Dunlap
Regents Professor of Sociology
Oklahoma State University