1st Edition

The Sociology of Energy, Buildings and the Environment
Constructing Knowledge, Designing Practice

ISBN 9780415182690
Published January 22, 2001 by Routledge
176 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Bringing the social sciences to the heart of environmental debate, this book demonstrates the relevance of sociological analysis for environmentally critical issues like energy consumption. Focusing on energy efficiency and the built environment, the authors take a critical look at the production and use of technical knowledge and energy-related expertise. Challenging the conventional assumptions of scientists and energy policy-makers, the book outlines a new role for social research and a new paradigm for environmental policy.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
II. Building Research Environments
III. Energy Knowledges
IV. Theories of Knowledge and Practice
V. The Politics of Insulation
VI. Organising Design: Housing and Energy
VII. Developing Interests: Office Buildings and Barriers
VIII. Conclusions

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'interesting and illuminating book' - Claire Haggett, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management