1 29-13 welcome introduction to environ sociology

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  • Here are some definitions found in textbooks on sociology [You do not need to remember these!]:“Scientific study of ‘Society’” [But what is ‘society’?]“systematic study of human groups.”“scientific study of human groups”“scientific study of human behavior, social groups, and society”“systematic study of society and human behavior.”

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  • 1. Welcome toEnvironmental Sociology! John Bradford, Ph.D.
  • 2. What is Sociology?My favorite definitions: (these mean basically the same thing)1. The scientific study of inter-actions and relations among human beings2. The study of how people influence one another and the (intended and unintended) consequences of these influences.
  • 3. What is ‘Environmental Sociology?’• The Study of the Relationship between Societies (people) and their Natural Environments – Co-relation; Co-evolution; Inter-dependence; ‘Feedback’ (reciprocal, two-way causality); Dialogue, Dialectical• “Environmental sociology is ultimately about the study of community in the largest possible sense.” (Bell) NATURE SOCIETY
  • 4. The Three Dimensions of Environmental Sociology1. Material- how consumption, the economy, technology, and population affect environmental conditions;2. Ideal- how patterns of thought, cultural practices, beliefs, and social experiences affect Taijitu environmental conditions3. Practical- what we can do to not only study these problems, but to ameliorate them
  • 5. CHAPTER ONE1. Sustainability: How long can we keep doing what we are doing? – Energy – Global Climate Change (Warming) – Ozone Depletion (‘Holes’) – Pollution: Acid Rain, Nuclear Waste, Oil Spills, ‘Smog’, Mountain Top Removal, ‘Fracking’, etc. – Species Extinction2. Environmental Justice: Who gets the ‘Goods’ and who gets the ‘Bads’?