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Intro to Environmental Sociology

Sociological Perspectives on Environmental Problems and Commons Dilemmas) Overview ã What is Sociology? ã What is Environmental Sociology? ã What are some examples of research by environmental sociologists? What is Sociology? Official Definition of the American Sociological Association: Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people int
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  Sociological Perspectives onEnvironmental Problemsand Commons Dilemmas) Overview ã What is Sociology? ã What is Environmental Sociology? ã What are some examples of research byenvironmental sociologists?  Official Definition of the American Sociological Association: Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and thesocial causes and consequences of human behavior. What is Sociology? Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations,and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob;from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of acommon culture; and from the sociology of work to thesociology of sports. WHAT’S MISSING?????  What is Environmental Sociology? Environmental Sociology’s Three Primary Concerns: 1. What are the social causes of environmental changes? 2. How might humans halt these changes? 3. What are the possible social  impacts of theenvironmental changes caused by humans? (What are the social impacts of proposed solutions to theenvironmental changes caused by humans?) “The study of interaction between the environment and society.” Catton, W. and R. Dunlap. 1978. “Environmental Sociology: A NewParadigm.” The American Sociologist  13: 41-49.  What are the social causes of environmental changes? Technology vs. Population PEOT P=PopulationO=Social OrganizationE=EnvironmentT=TechnologyEnvironmental sociologists have attempted to movebeyond this simplistic duality …
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