New Book – Out Now!
Social Ecology. Society-Nature Relations across Time and Space
H. Haberl, M. Fischer-Kowalski, F. Krausmann, V. Winiwarter (Eds.)
Social Ecology. Society-Nature Relations across Time and Space.
Series: Human-Environment Interactions, Vol. 5
- The book comprehensively presents the current state-of-the-art of the Vienna School of Social Ecology
- The conceptual repertoire of Social Ecology is exemplified by a cornucopia of empirical studies presenting exciting original research
- The book differs from most edited volumes by its high internal consistency achieved through stringent editing and organization of several author’s workshops
- Method Précis outline socioecological research methods and guide the reader to more detailed methodological publications through carefully selected references
- Due to its nature, the book is suitable for classroom use, as a primer and overview of Social Ecology as well as its current research frontiers
This book presents the current state of the art in Social Ecology as practiced by the Vienna School of Social Ecology, globally one of the main research groups in this field. As a significant contribution to the growing literature on interdisciplinary sustainability studies, the book introduces the purpose and nature of Social Ecology and then places the “Vienna School” within the broader context of socioecological and other interdisciplinary environmental approaches. The conceptual and methodological foundations of Social Ecology are discussed in detail, allowing the reader to obtain a broad overview of current socioecological thinking. Issues covered include socio-metabolic transitions, socioecological approaches to land use, the relation between actor-centered and system approaches, a socioecological theory of labor and the importance of legacies, as conceived in Environmental History and in Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research. To underpin this overview empirically, the strengths of socioecological research are elucidated in cases of cutting-edge research, introducing a variety of themes the Vienna School has been tackling empirically over the past years.
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