This chapter outlines “more-than-human” approaches being used in the social sciences, and explores their implication and use in environmental sociology. Considering how non-human elements influence human society is one way that we can center ecological life in our sociological work. Moreover, it provides theoretical tools to do so without being deterministic; that is, without assuming that the effects of particular ecological elements in society are inevitable, essential, or one-dimensional. Nor does it assume that those effects are entirely social, discursive, or immaterial. We discuss concepts in actor-network theory, assemblage theory, and new materialism, in the context of environmental sociology and sociological thought more generally. We use the case of apples in agriculture to further elaborate the use and implications of a more-than-human approach to the social life of plants.
|Title of host publication||The Cambridge Handbook of Environmental Sociology|
|Editors||Katharine Legun, Julie Keller, Michael Bell, Michael Carolan|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|ISBN (Print)||9781108429337, 9781108454063|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Nov 2020|