Environment and Society

Concepts and Challenges

  • Magnus Boström
  • Debra J. Davidson

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Environmental Sociology and Policy book series (PASTESP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Magnus Boström, Debra J. Davidson
    Pages 1-24
  3. Rolf Lidskog, Claire Waterton
    Pages 25-46
  4. Debra J. Davidson
    Pages 47-70
  5. Marja Ylönen
    Pages 71-94
  6. Steve Yearley
    Pages 143-165
  7. Rolf Lidskog, Göran Sundqvist
    Pages 167-186
  8. Emily Huddart Kennedy, Darcy Hauslik
    Pages 187-206
  9. J. Timmons Roberts, David Pellow, Paul Mohai
    Pages 233-255
  10. C. S. A. (Kris) van Koppen, Simon R. Bush
    Pages 305-326
  11. Stewart Lockie, Catherine Mei Ling Wong
    Pages 327-350
  12. Magnus Boström, Debra J. Davidson, Stewart Lockie
    Pages 351-373
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 375-394

About this book


This book offers a critical analysis of core concepts that have influenced contemporary conversations about environment-society relations in academic, political, and civil circles. Considering these conceptualizations are currently shaping responses to environmental crises in fundamental ways, critical reflections on concepts such as the Anthropocene, metabolism, risk, resilience, environmental governance, environmental justice and others, are well-warranted. Contributors to this volume, working across a multitude of areas within environmental social science, scrutinize underlying worldviews and assumptions, asking a common set of key questions: What are the different concepts able to explain? How do they take into account society-environment relations? What social, cultural, or geo-political biases and blinders are inherent? What actions or practices do the concepts inspire? 

The transdisciplinary engagement and reflexivity regarding concepts of environment-society relations represented in these chapters is needed in all spheres of society—in academia, policy and practice—not the least to confront current tendencies of anti-reflexivity and denialism.  


Social practices theory Environment and Society environmental justice sustainability Socio-ecological relations Anthropocene ANT/actor-network theory Capitalocene carbon markets Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) deliberative environmental democracy eco-democracy Environmental racism locally unwanted land uses (LULUs) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Editors and affiliations

  • Magnus Boström
    • 1
  • Debra J. Davidson
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Humanities Education and Social SciencesÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  2. 2.Department of Resource Economics and Environmental SociologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmonton, ABCanada

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