The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change
Institutional Dynamics Beyond a Linear Model
The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change critically examines the prominence of natural science framing in mainstream climate change research and demonstrates why climate change really is a social issue.
The book highlights how assumptions regarding social and cultural systems that are common in sustainability science have impeded progress in understanding environmental and climate change. The author explains how social sciences theory and perspectives provide an understanding of institutional dynamics including issues of scale, possibilities for learning, and stakeholder interaction, using specific case studies to illustrate this impact. The book highlights the foundational role research into social, political, cultural, behavioural, and economic processes must play if we are to design successful strategies, instruments, and management actions to act on climate change.
With pedagogical features such as suggestions for further reading, text boxes, and study questions in each chapter, this book will be an essential resource for students and scholars in sustainability, environmental studies, climate change, and related fields.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Aim and scope of the book
Chapter 2: The origins of climate change research and assumptions within the field
Chapter 3: The role of theory and case studies in social science: means to understanding institutions and contextualising instruments
Chapter 4: The complex of issues influencing action on climate change: examples from forestry and multi-level cases
Chapter 5: Why knowledge is not enough: limits to communication and learning
Chapter 6: Why understanding stakeholder participation requires understanding power and institutions
Chapter 7: Understanding environment, society, and scale: why outcomes of the same types of measures are not the same everywhere, and local level is not only local
Chapter 8: Conclusion: implications of an institutional understanding
E. Carina H. Keskitalo is Professor of Political Science at the Department of Geography, Umeå University, Sweden.