From Environmental Sociologies to Environmental Sociology? A Comparison of U.S. and European Environmental Sociology.

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Abstract

U.S. environmental sociology has gone through a very different development path compared with its European counterpart. U.S. environmental sociology was dominant in establishing the field and setting the terms for the development and identity of this subdiscipline. Whereas U.S. environmental sociology still sets the tone in terms of internal organization, structure, and interaction, arguably Northwest European environmental sociology has been more innovative in the last decade of the former millennium with respect to theoretical and conceptual contributions. Although we can still witness significant differences between the environmental sociologies of the two continents, these differences are diminishing. During the past decade, a remarkable degree of interaction, exchange, and social learning has taken place between the two academic communities, facilitated by various aspects of globalization. The question of whether we are moving to one environmental sociology should, however, also take other¿and especially the emerging Asian¿environmental sociologies into account.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-27
JournalOrganization & Environment
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • paradigm
  • issues

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