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Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199356102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356102.001.0001

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Sociology and Global Climate Change

Sociology and Global Climate Change


(p.1) 1 Sociology and Global Climate Change
Climate Change and Society

Robert J. Brulle

Riley E. Dunlap

Oxford University Press

A wide range of social science research on climate change has emerged over the past two decades, giving impetus to efforts to incorporate social science into the study of this topic and environmental change more broadly. However, recent analyses have argued that these efforts are inadequate and have offered critiques of three of the dominant intellectual currents within the current social science approaches to climate change. These three major approaches are Coupled Human–Natural Systems/Sustainability Science, individual-level analysis, and post-political framing of climate change. This chapter provides an overview of these approaches and discusses their limitations as noted by various critics. The chapter then discusses how a sociological perspective can supplement these approaches to help provide a more complete understanding of the human and social dimensions of climate change. This chapter also provides brief overviews of the subsequent chapters in the book.

Keywords:   individual level analysis, post-political framing, social science research

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