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Climate Change and SocietySociological Perspectives$
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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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Methodological Approaches for Sociological Research on Climate Change

Methodological Approaches for Sociological Research on Climate Change

(p.369) 12 Methodological Approaches for Sociological Research on Climate Change
Climate Change and Society

Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt

Andrew K. Jorgenson

Lawrence C. Hamilton

Oxford University Press

Research analyzing both social and environmental data is central for understanding the human causes and consequences of climate change. This chapter provides an overview of the sociological methods used for society-environment investigations from foundational works of environmental sociology to the present. It describes examples from recent work that illustrate how spatial and temporal dimensions are considered in tandem with the integration of environmental and climate data for sociological research. The chapter outlines two dominant streams of climate-related research for sociologists in particular (human drivers of greenhouse gas emissions and public opinion on climate change), with attention to employed methods and research designs. The chapter concludes with discussion of additional methods sociologists currently use that are well positioned to contribute to future sociological research on climate change, meeting disciplinary and cross-disciplinary challenges.

Keywords:   sociological methods, society-environment investigations, temporal dimensions, spatial dimensions, climate data

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