Ecology and Society: An Introduction

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Ecology and Society is an introduction to "green ideas" for students in the social sciences. It goes beyond traditional sociological boundaries to show how society interacts with nature, and also suggests that there are flaws in the philosophy and politics of the Green movement. The book analyzes ecological limits on, and effects of, industrialism and economic growth. Martell assesses forms of society and politics appropriate to sustainability. He evaluates proposals for frugality and argues for global and interventionist solutions in place of the market-orientated proposals of Greens and economic liberals. The volume analyzes the philosophy of environmentalism and assesses explanations for the development of the Green movement in recent years. Martell shows how ecology both revolutionizes and relies on traditions in political thought, such as conservatism, liberalism, socialism and feminism. In an assessment of ways of rethinking relations between society and nature, he proposes a realistic perspective over approaches popular in sociology and the Green movement. The book concludes with an assessment of the future of the Green movement, arguing for a focus on Green political strategies in politics and alliances with socialist movements.

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