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"Social Theory and the Environment in the New World (dis)Order"
Special issue of Global Environmental Change

David A. Sonnenfeld and Arthur P.J. Mol, eds.

Vol. 21, No. 3, August 2011, Elsevier




What does the New World (dis)Order in-the-making mean for environmental protection and deterioration? In a period of profound economic and political upheaval, institutional discontinuities and reversals, and ongoing environmental change, how should the possibilities and drawbacks of recent trajectories of socio-environmental reform be theorized? This symposium – organized in conjunction with the International Sociological Association's XVIIth World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, July 2010 – includes invited papers by leading international scholars aiming to advance understanding of the conditions, dynamics, successes and failures of environmental reform in the contemporary period. What new forms, vehicles, actors, institutions and attempts for (in)effective environmental transformation are apparent, at various scales? How can their emergence and functioning be analyzed and evaluated? What promising new theoretical concepts, constructs, notions and avenues are helpful in understanding environmental challenges in such newly turbulent times? What approaches are no longer apt or adequate in analyzing environmental reform efforts? It is such questions that this symposium seeks to address.


Social Theory and the Environment in the New World (dis)Order [link]

David A. Sonnenfeld, State University of New York, USA; and Arthur P.J. Mol, Wageningen University, the Netherlands


Multipolarity and the New World (dis)Order: US Hegemonic Decline and the Fragmentation of the Global Climate Regime

J. Timmons Roberts, Brown University, USA

China's Ascent and Africa's Environment

Arthur P.J. Mol, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Governing through Disorder: Neoliberal Environmental Governance and Social Theory

Luigi Pellizzoni, University of Trieste, Italy

Food System Sustainability: Questions of Environmental Governance in the New World (dis)Order

Philip McMichael, Cornell University, USA

Theories of Practices: Agency, Technology, and Culture. Exploring the Relevance of Practice Theories for the Governance of Sustainable Consumption Practices in the New World-Order

Gert Spaargaren, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Delegating, Not Returning, to the Biosphere: How To Use the Multi-Scalar and Ecological Properties of Cities

Saskia Sassen and Natan Dotan, Columbia University, USA

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