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Sociology: Environmental Sociology

This guide provides an overview and links to important sources of information for research in the field of sociology.

Environmental Sociology Definition

Image of town, water tower and fieldEnvironmental Sociology as a subdiscipline within Sociology explores the various forms of interaction between human society and the environment. Environmental Sociologists seek to understand a variety of topics, including agrifood systems, environmentalism as a social movement, the ways in which societal members perceive environmental problems, the origins of human-induced environmental decline, the relationship between population dynamics, health, and the environment, and the role that elites play in harming the environment. The inequitable social distribution of environmental hazards is another central area of Environmental Sociological research, with scholars examining the processes by which socially disadvantaged populations come to experience greater exposures to myriad environmental hazards including natural disasters.

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Image from Smog - Who Does it Hurt from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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