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Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology

Third Edition

Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

Publication Date - July 2020

ISBN: 9780190088514

448 pages
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

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The most student-oriented book available for environmental sociology courses


Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology introduces undergraduates to the topic in an innovative way. Instead of compiling articles from professional journals, this reader presents twenty classroom-tested "lessons" from dedicated, experienced teachers and researchers in the field. Building the collection on the model of a successful undergraduate classroom experience, the coeditors asked the contributors to choose a topic, match it with their favorite lecture, and construct a lesson to reflect the way that they teach it in the classroom. The result is an engaging and versatile volume that presents the core ideas of environmental sociology in concise, accessible chapters.

An Instructor's Manual, available to all adopters, contains Discussion Questions, Suggested Media, and Additional Readings for each lesson.

New to this Edition

  • Completely new lessons on "Theories in Environmental Sociology" (Lesson 2), "The Sociology of Environmental Health" (Lesson 11), and "Environmental Social Movements" (Lesson 18), written by new contributors
  • A brand-new lesson on "Climate Change" (Lesson 15), written by a new contributor
  • A greater focus on issues of gender inequality and Indigenous peoples throughout
  • Updated data and examples in lessons
  • An invitation from the authors for students to post photos that represent the book's themes on social media, using hashtags linked to the book

About the Author(s)

Kenneth A. Gould is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and Professor of Sociology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Tammy L. Lewis is Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, and Professor of Sociology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Gould and Lewis are coauthors of Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology, Second Edition (OUP, 2017) and Thirty Readings in Introductory Sociology, Second Edition (OUP, 2016).


"Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology does a great job covering the main components of environmental sociology as a field, the main theories and perspectives, research areas, and general findings and insights. Overall, the coverage is much better than competing books. I have recommended this text to colleagues and will continue recommending it."--Chenyang Xiao, American University

"Each section includes distinct 'lessons' that are based on leading work in the field, but written for an undergraduate audience. Each lesson goes into reasonable depth on one aspect of the section's theme. This organization lends itself easily to how I structure my course. Other undergraduate texts I've examined move from one topic to another without a larger conceptual focus. Gould and Lewis' approach is unique and effective."--Kristen Shorette, SUNY Stony Brook

"Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology provides a clear, coherent, logically-organized synthesis of the major themes and ideas in environmental sociology, and raises students' conscious awareness of dire environmental issues by analyzing them through these themes. I like the approach and find it unique and effective."--Robert Garot, CUNY John Jay College

"The book's approach is fantastic--it introduces students to the topics, but also to environmental sociologists themselves--this is unique and highly effective. It changes the 'voice' of the text, which is useful for keeping students engaged."--Erik Nielsen, The Pennsylvania State University

Table of Contents

    Annotated Table of Contents
    About the Contributors

    An Introduction to Environmental Sociology, Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

    Part 1. Theory

    Lesson 1: The Social Construction of Nature: Of Computers, Butterflies, Dogs, and Trucks, Stella M. Capek
    Lesson 2: Theories in Environmental Sociology, Justin Myers

    Part 2. Systemic Causes of Environmental Disruption

    Lesson 3: The State and Policy: Imperialism, Exclusion, and Ecological Violence as State Policy, David Naguib Pellow
    Lesson 4: Labor Productivity and the Environment, Allan Schnaiberg and Kenneth A. Gould
    Lesson 5: Corporate Power: The Role of the Global Media in Shaping What We Know About the Environment, Elizabeth H. Campbell
    Lesson 6: The Science of Nature and the Nature of Science, Richard York
    Lesson 7: Technological Change and the Environment, Kenneth A. Gould
    Lesson 8: Population, Demography, and the Environment, Diane C. Bates
    Lesson 9: Energy, Society, and the Environment, Shannon Elizabeth Bell

    Part 3. Some Social Consequences of Environmental Disruption

    Lesson 10: Environmental Inequality and Environmental Justice, Michael Mascarenhas
    Lesson 11: The Sociology of Environmental Health, Norah Mackendrick
    Lesson 12: Producing and Consuming Food: Justice and Sustainability in a Globalized World?, Jason Konefal and Maki Hatanaka
    Lesson 13: From Farms to Factories: The Social and Environmental Consequences of Industrial Swine Production in North Carolina, Adam Driscoll and Bob Edwards
    Lesson 14: Understanding Disaster Vulnerability: Floods and Hurricanes, Nicole Youngman
    Lesson 15: The Sociology of Climate Change, Laura McKinney

    Part 4. Some Social Responses to Environmental Disruption

    Lesson 16: Normalizing the Unthinkable: Climate Denial and Everyday Life, Kari Marie Norgaard
    Lesson 17: Labor and the Environment, Brian K. Obach
    Lesson 18: Environmental Social Movements, Jill Lindsey Harrison
    Lesson 19: Environmental Movements in the Global South, Tammy L. Lewis
    Lesson 20: The Paradoxes of Sustainable Development: Focus on Ecotourism, Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis

    Conclusion: Unanswered Questions and the Future of Environmental Sociology, Kenneth A. Gould and Tammy L. Lewis