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Social Theory and the Environment


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Social Theory and the Environment by David Goldblatt
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Environmental degradation is no longer a peripheral concern of the social sciences and contemporary politics: it is an unavoidable and pressing reality. This book seeks to establish whether contemporary social theory can help us understand the structural origins of environmental degradation and environmental politics.The book opens by arguing that the historical bequest of classical social theory is very limited. Marx, Weber and Durkheim lived long enough to witness the environmental consequences of modern economic growth but died too soon to witness its long term consequences and the growth of political resistance. Goldblatt attempts to transcend the limits of that tradition through a critical investigation of the work of Anthony Giddens, Andre Gorz, Jurgen Habermas and Ulrich Beck.Social Theory and the Environment analyses the roles of capitalism, state socialism and industrialism in generating environmental degradation: the environmental implications of urbanism and globalisation: the integration of environmental questions with political economy: and the structural origins of environmental movements. It concludes with a discussion of the relationship between conceptions of socialism in social theory and its relevance to contemporary environmental politics. Wide ranging and carefully argued, this challenging text will be of particular interest to students of social and political theory, ecology and enviromental studies.

Author Biography

David Goldblatt is a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, at the Open University.
Release date Australia
March 27th, 1996
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Polity Press
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