The Sociology of Energy, Buildings and the Environment: Constructing Knowledge, Designing Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Sociology of Energy, Buildings and the Environment

Constructing Knowledge, Designing Practice, 1st Edition

By Simon Guy, Elizabeth Shove


176 pages

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Hardback: 9780415182690
pub: 2000-12-14
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pub: 2014-02-04
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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.


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

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography