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Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives

Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle


Climate change is one of today’s most important issues, presenting an intellectual challenge to the natural and social sciences. While there has been progress in natural science understanding of climate change, social science research has not been as fully developed. This book breaks new theoretical and empirical ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in our institutions and cultural practices. Drawing on a variety of sociological literature, thirty-eight sociologists summarize existing approaches to understanding the social, economic, political, and cu ... More

Keywords: sociology, climate change, climate denial, driving forces, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation, methodological approaches

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199356102
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Riley E. Dunlap, editor
Professor and Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University

Robert J. Brulle, editor
Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science, Drexel University

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1 Sociology and Global Climate Change

Robert J. Brulle and Riley E. Dunlap

2 The Human (Anthropogenic) Driving Forces of Global Climate Change

Eugene A. Rosa, Thomas K. Rudel, Richard York, Andrew K. Jorgenson, and Thomas Dietz

3 Organizations and Markets

Charles Perrow and Simone Pulver

4 Consumption and Climate Change

Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez and Juliet B. Schor with Wokje Abrahamse, Alison Hope Alkon, Jonn Axsen, Keith Brown, Rachael L. Shwom, Dale Southerton, and Harold Wilhite

5 Climate Justice and Inequality

Sharon L. Harlan, David N. Pellow, and J. Timmons Roberts with Shannon Elizabeth Bell, William G. Holt, and Joane Nagel

6 Adaptation to Climate Change

JoAnn Carmin, Kathleen Tierney, Eric Chu, Lori M. Hunter, J. Timmons Roberts, and Linda Shi

7 Mitigating Climate Change

Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Thomas K. Rudel, Kari Marie Norgaard, and Jeffrey Broadbent

8 Civil Society, Social Movements, and Climate Change

Beth Schaefer Caniglia, Robert J. Brulle, and Andrew Szasz

9 Public Opinion on Climate Change

Rachael L. Shwom, Aaron M. McCright, and Steven R. Brechin with Riley E. Dunlap, Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, and Lawrence C. Hamilton

10 Challenging Climate Change

Riley E. Dunlap and Aaron M. McCright

11 The Climate Change Divide in Social Theory

Robert J. Antonio and Brett Clark

12 Methodological Approaches for Sociological Research on Climate Change

Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, Andrew K. Jorgenson, and Lawrence C. Hamilton