Kristallipallo ja maapallo: ympäristö sosiologin kohteena

The crystal ball and the Earth. Global environmental change and environmental sociology

Environmental issues have grown to be a major theme within sociological inquiry. The purpose of this paper is to examine certain areas which have stimulated intense discussion within the emerging epistemic community in environmental sociology. I begin with a brief review of the controversy between realism and constructionism in the field of the social scientific study of the environment. Next, an assessment of the relation between environmental sociology and global environmental change is presented. My aim at discussing these debetes is to make some general points about the problems which social scientific research faces today when studying the relationship between society and environment, and, eventually, to suggest some topics yet uncovered within the research field.

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