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Review of Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives

Report of the ASA Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change, edited by Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle. New York, NY: Oxford University Press (for the American Sociological Association), 2015 (ISBN 978-0-19-935610-2).

This volume is a variant of the model of knowledge assessment inaugurated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the mid 1980s. The American Sociological Association appointed Riley Dunlap, a distinguished environmental sociologist, to convene a task force to take a long and deep look at the contribution of sociology and of sociologists to the study of climate change in all its myriad of manifestations. The result is a series of 13 multiauthored essays of considerable scholarship and reflective analysis, which places the discipline on the front rank of social science contributions to the diagnosis, analysis, and prediction of this awesome theme.       

Before retiring in July 2005, Tim O’Riordan was a professor of environmental sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.       

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