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Environmental Sociology

European Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Challenges

  • Matthias Gross
  • Harald Heinrichs

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Natural Flows and Global Environmental Discourse

  3. Exploring Limits and New Possibilities for Understanding Environmental Rationalities

  4. Transdisciplinarity and Sustainable Development

  5. Ecological Adaptation Policies and Social Experimentation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 256-256

About this book


Despite being a relatively young sub-discipline, European environmental sociology has changed considerably in the last decades towards more interdisciplinary collaborations and problem solving. Current trends such as global environmental modernization and processes of economic, political and socio-cultural globalization, fuelled by developments of transport, environmental flows, scientific uncertainty, and information technologies, have fostered new conceptual approaches that move beyond classical sociological mind-sets toward broader attempts to connect to other disciplines.

Environmental Sociology is the first book to broaden the realm of environmental sociology by forging links to other environmental disciplines, such as environmental policy, media studies, geography, ecological economics, ecological modeling, or ecological design. The book's focus on current environment-related issues in interdisciplinary developments are not only of relevance for strengthening environmental sociology but will make it a great read for upper undergraduate and graduate courses in social sciences dealing with environmental topics


Climate Change Ecological restoration Environmental social science Global environmental change Inter- and transdisciplinarity Rational Choice Sociology and nature Sustainable Consumption Sustainable Development development environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthias Gross
    • 1
  • Harald Heinrichs
    • 2
  1. 1.Umweltforschung GmbH (UFZ), Dept. Stadt- und UmweltsoziologieHelmholtz-Zentrum fürLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Inst. UmweltkommunikationUniversität LüneburgLüneburgGermany

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