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Karl Bruckmeier 23/05/2008


Draft for potential course:

Social Ecology: An Environmental Sociology Perspective


Main topics:


1. The history and approaches of environmental sociology


(in difference to environmental/ecological economics and environmental/resource management)

(a) human, cultural and social ecology

(b) environmental values and consciousness (environmental ethics)

(c) environmental movements, new social movements

(d) main themes of research (society/environment interaction)

(e) main authors (W. Catton, R. Dunlap; U. Beck, N. Luhmann; A. Ursul, O. Yanitsky)


2. Interfaces between environmental and economic sociology: natural resource use problems


(a) management regimes for natural/common pool resources

(b) dilemmas in resource use/management (prisoners dilemma, commons dilemma)

(c) limits of resource use/”limits to growth”


3. Sociology of environment and sociology of risk – trends and developments


(a) theories, discourses (interdisciplinary trends)

(b) empirical research (risk perception and risk assessment)


4. Organizational development for meeting the requirements of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development


(a) changing organizational structures – “top down” and “bottom up”-approaches

(b) participatory management, co-management, local management of natural resources

(c) decentralization, regionalization; community development


5. Property rights and resource use – common pool resources and common pool resource management


(a) commons vs. common pool resources

(b) research about common pool resource management (B. McCay, E. Ostrom)

(c) adaptive management (C.S. Holling), co-management, local management of resources (by users)


6. Value change, change of consciousness and social change – “postmaterial values”


(a) R. Ingleharts hypothesis after 3 decades

(b) environmental worldviews and ideologies: anthropocentrism – ecocentrism; Dominant Western Worldview, Human Excemptionalism Paradigm; New Ecological Paradigm; “small is beautiful” (E. Schumacher; deep ecology (A. Naess); social ecology (M. Bookchin); ecofeminism (C. Merchant); environmental ethics – different approaches


7. Lifestyles - environmental consciousness and changing consumer behavior


(a) consumerism, “green products”, “fair trade”, organic farming (IFOAM)

(b) local movements (LETS, ecovillages)


8. Social movements, environmental movements, non governmental organizations as initiators of social change


(a) new social movements in Western countries

(b) non governmental organizations/NGOs

(c) “green parties”

(d) environmental movements in developing countries

(e) entrepreneurial movements


9. The global divide - South and North; environmentalism of the rich – environmentalism of the poor


(a) history of the North/South divide (colonialism, neo-colonialism, globalization)

(b) ecological distribution conflicts (J. Martinez-Alier)


10. Future of the world system and the earth system


(a) world system – global economy/markets; network society, information society,

knowledge society, knowledge economy; sustainable society

(b) earth system – global ecosystem, global commons (oceans, arctic/antarctic area, atmosphere and space, climate)









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