Environmental Sociology, Third Edition







The third edition of John Hannigan’s classic undergraduate text has been fully updated and revised to highlight contemporary trends and controversies within global environmental sociology. Environmental Sociology offers a distinctive, balanced treatment of environmental issues, reconciling Hannigan’s much-cited model of the social construction of environmental problems and controversies with an environmental justice perspective that stresses inequality and toxic threats to local communities.

The book concludes by examining the prospects for, in the nature of, a "postcarbon society", making a strong case in favour of developing a new narrative of energy futures grounded in environmental economics, international relations and political ecology.  

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Reviews For Earlier Editions Of Environmental Sociology

Catherine Butler, Cardiff University, Sociology Vol. 41, #6, December, 2007


This second edition of John Hannigan’s Environmental Sociology offers an insightful examination of some of the contemporary debates in the field. In his preface to the book, Hannigan comments on the extensive development of envi- ronmental sociology as a field of enquiry since the publication of the first edi- tion. The maturation of the area is reflected in the many revisions and additions included in this new edition; not least the alteration in the title. Hannigan has dropped the original subtitle A Social Constructionist Perspective in his acknowledgment of the progression of the debates around realism and constructionism in environmental sociology, particularly the more recent attempts at synthesis. The additions and revisions within the text are numerous and combine with the previous analysis to create a lively, reflective and even-handed discussion of environmental concerns and debates. 


Sylvie Ollitrault, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research Vol. 21, #3, September, 1997


“At the end of this book, new hypotheses arise. This aspect shows the interest of this approach. John Hannigan describes, thanks to the analytical framework, the influence of a sort of opportunity structure (Sidney Tarrow). This proposition entails a new challenge: linking microsociology and macro- sociology. John Hannigan has cleared the way.”