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Handbook of Environmental Sociology

  • Provides a collection of high-impact chapters that define the contours and push the boundaries of the discipline of environmental sociology

  • Advances areas of environmental sociology with a strong focus on environmental conflict, degradation, and inequality

  • Presents policy implications and elements of praxis that can ameliorate or resolve environmental problems

Part of the book series: Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research (HSSR)

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-vi
  2. Introduction: A Twenty-First Century Public Environmental Sociology

    • Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Andrew Jorgenson, Stephanie A. Malin, Lori Peek, David N. Pellow
    Pages 1-11
  3. Inequality, Political Economy, and Justice

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Intersectionality and the Environment

      • Christina Ergas, Laura McKinney, Shannon Elizabeth Bell
      Pages 15-34
    3. Environmental Justice

      • Rebecca Maung, David N. Pellow
      Pages 35-52
    4. Ecologically Unequal Exchange and Environmental Load Displacement

      • Jennifer E. Givens, Xiaorui Huang
      Pages 53-70
    5. Consumption

      • Annika Rieger, Juliet B. Schor
      Pages 71-87
    6. Corporations and the Environment

      • Simone Pulver, Ben Manski
      Pages 89-114
    7. Just Transitions and Labor

      • Erik Kojola, Julian Agyeman
      Pages 115-138
  4. Energy, Climate, and Health

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 139-139
    2. Sociology of Energy

      • Stephanie A. Malin, Adam Mayer, Jill Lindsey Harrison
      Pages 141-165
    3. Risk

      • Alissa Cordner
      Pages 167-187
    4. Sociology and Climate Change: A Review and Research Agenda

      • Danielle Falzon, J. Timmons Roberts, Robert J. Brulle
      Pages 189-217
    5. Sociology of Disasters

      • Lori Peek, Tricia Wachtendorf, Michelle Annette Meyer
      Pages 219-241
    6. Environmental Factors in Health

      • Elisabeth Wilder, Phil Brown
      Pages 243-265
    7. Food Insecurity

      • Dorceta E. Taylor
      Pages 267-285
  5. Culture, the State, and Institutions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 287-287
    2. Animals in Environmental Sociology

      • Linda Kalof, Cameron T. Whitley
      Pages 289-313
    3. Religion and the Environment

      • Lynn Hempel
      Pages 315-331
    4. Environmental Governance

      • Dana R. Fisher, Lorien Jasny, Josh Redmond, Frederic Heaume
      Pages 333-353

About this book

This handbook defines the contours of environmental sociology and invites readers to push boundaries in their exploration of this important subdiscipline. It offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution of environmental sociology and its role in this era of intensified national and global environmental crises. Its timely frameworks and high-impact chapters will assist in navigating this moment of great environmental inequality and uncertainty.

The handbook brings together an outstanding group of scholars who have helped redefine the scope of environmental sociology and expand its reach and impact. Their contributions speak to key themes of the subdiscipline—inequality, justice, population, social movements, and health. Chapter topics include environmental demography, food systems, animals and the environment, climate change, disasters, and much more. The emphasis on public environmental sociology and the forward-thinking approach of this collection is what sets this volume apart.

This handbook can serve as an introduction for students new to environmental sociology or as an insightful treatment that current experts can use to further their own research and publication. It will leave readers with a strong understanding of environmental sociology and the motivation to apply it to their work.  


  • Boundaries of Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental Conflict
  • Environmental Dimensions of Animal Studies
  • Environmental Health Disparities
  • Impacts of Inequality and Environment
  • Resolving Environmental Problems
  • Climate Change
  • Ecologically Unequal Exchange
  • Sustainability, Resilience and Regenerative Development
  • Religion and Environment
  • Structural Human Ecology
  • Natural Disasters and Hazards
  • Public Sociology and Environment
  • Environmental Displacement and Population
  • Land Use Change and Development

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Solutions Journal, New Orleans, USA

    Beth Schaefer Caniglia

  • Department of Sociology and Environmental Studies Program, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA

    Andrew Jorgenson

  • Department of Sociology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

    Stephanie A. Malin

  • Department of Sociology and Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, USA

    Lori Peek

  • Environmental Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, USA

    David N. Pellow

  • Department of Sociology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA

    Xiaorui Huang

About the editors

Beth Schaefer Caniglia (PhD University of Notre Dame) is Executive Director of Earth, Incorporated and Editor-in-Chief of the Solutions Journal. Dr. Caniglia’s research and publications are focused at the intersection of resilience and environmental justice in urban communities. Dr. Caniglia is past-Chair of the Environment & Technology Section of the American Sociological Association. She has received numerous awards. In 2009, she was chosen as a Global Climate Leader by the State of the World Forum in recognition of her commitment to link academic scholarship to global carbon cycle transformation. In 2016, she was recognized by the International Women’s Leadership Association as among Top Women Executives, Professionals & Entrepreneurs. Her book (with Thomas J. Burns) Environmental Sociology: The Ecology of Late Modernity was honored with the Gerold L. Young Outstanding Book Award from the Society for Human Ecology. She has been honored by America’s Who’s Who in Academia and was selected to serve as a Research Fellow for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. Dr. Caniglia was most recently honored to be selected as a Propeller Impact Accelerator awardee in her new home of New Orleans.

Andrew Jorgenson is Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology and Professor of Environmental Studies at Boston College. Working in the areas of environmental sociology, global political economy, the sociology of development, and sustainability science more broadly, he conducts research on the human dimensions of global environmental change, with a focus on how development, inequality, and the structure of global production and trade networks contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, industrial pollution, land cover change, and relationships between environmental conditions and population health. In 2020, he received the Fred Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology for his innovation, publication, and service in the field of environmental sociology. Andrew’s published research has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the Pacific Sociological Association, and the British Sociological Association. His published work appears in various disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals, including American Journal of SociologyNature Climate ChangeSocial ForcesEnvironmental Research LettersSocial ProblemsScience of the Total EnvironmentSociological ScienceSustainability ScienceSociological TheoryWIREs Climate ChangeEcological EconomicsEnergy PolicyClimatic ChangeGlobal Environmental Politics, and Energy Research and Social Science. He is coauthor of Super Polluters: Tackling the World’s Largest Sites of Climate-Disrupting Emissions, published by Columbia University Press in 2020. Andrew was the 2016-2017 Chair of the Environmental Sociology Section and the 2018-2019 Chair of the Sociology of Development Section of the American Sociological Association. 

Stephanie A. Malin, Ph.D. is an environmental sociologist specializing in natural resource sociology, governance, and rural development, with a focus on the community impacts of resource extraction and energy production. Her main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, and the socio- environmental effects of market-based economies. She also examines communities building more distributive and regenerative systems. Stephanie serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University and she is an adjunct Associate Professor with the Colorado School of Public Health. Stephanie co-founded and co-directs the Center for Environmental Justice at CSU. She is an award-winning teacher of courses on environmental justice, water and society, and environmental sociology. Stephanie has authored a forthcoming book, Changing it All: Using Environmental Sociology to Build Something Better, as well as The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice, and has published her research in journals such as Social Forces, Environmental Politics, the Journal of Rural Studies, and Society and Natural Resources. Stephanie conducts public sociology and engaged scholarship, and her work can additionally be found in news outlets like The Conversation and High Country News’ Writers on the Range. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (part of National Institutes of Health), the American Sociological Association, the Rural Sociological Society’s Early Career Award, and the CSU Water Center. Stephanie has enjoyed serving in elected leadership positions for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. She completed a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University. 

Lori Peek is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies marginalized populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora, and co-author of Children of Katrina. Peek also helped develop and write school safety guidance for the United States, which resulted in the publication of FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter: A Guide to Improving School Natural Hazard Safety. Peek is the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded CONVERGE facility, which is dedicated to improving research coordination and advancing the ethical conduct and scientific rigor of disaster research. She also leads the NSF-supported Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) and Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Extreme Events Research (ISEEER) networks. Peek is past President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Disasters and past Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Environmental Sociology. She is a Board Member for the Bill Anderson Fund, which is an initiative dedicated to increasing the number of persons of color in hazards mitigation and disaster research. Peek received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005.

David N. Pellow is the Dehlsen Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and Director of the Global Environmental Justice Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches courses on social change movements, environmental justice, human-animal conflicts, sustainability, and social inequality. He has published a number of works on environmental justice issues in communities of color in the U.S. and globally. His books include: What is Critical Environmental Justice? (Polity Press, 2017); Keywords for Environmental Studies (editor, with Joni Adamson and William Gleason, New York University Press, 2016); Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement (University of Minnesota Press, 2014); The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants vs. the Environment in America’s Eden (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park, New York University Press, 2011); The Treadmill of Production: Injustice and Unsustainability in the Global Economy (with Kenneth Gould and Allan Schnaiberg, Paradigm Press, 2008); Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2007); The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park, New York University Press, 2002); Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago (MIT Press, 2002); Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development (with Adam Weinberg and Allan Schnaiberg, Princeton University Press, 2000); Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement (editor, with Robert J. Brulle, MIT Press, 2005); and Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry (co-editor, with Ted Smith, David Sonnenfeld, and Leslie Byster, Temple University Press, 2006). He has consulted for and served on the Boards of Directors of several community-based, national, and international organizations that are dedicated to improving the living and working environments for people of color, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, and working class communities, including the Central Coast Climate Justice Network, Community Environmental Council, Global Action Research Center, the Center for Urban Transformation, Greenpeace USA, International Rivers, Community Environmental Council, the Fund for Santa Barbara, the Prison Ecology Project. He earned his B.A. in Sociology and Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1992. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University in 1998.

Xiaorui Huang is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Boston College. His research focuses on environmental sociology, global political economy, the sociology of development, and sustainability science. Much of his research examines the environmental impacts of political economic and social forces including international trade, world economic conditions and cycles, and income inequality. His published work appears in journals such as Social Science Research, Climatic Change, Sociological Forum, Sociology of Development, Ecological Economics, Energy Research and Social Science, Environmental Research, Science of the Total Environment, and Human Ecology Review.  

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