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The Environmental Responsibility Reader (Paperback): Martin Reynolds, Christine Blackmore, Mark J. Smith The Environmental Responsibility Reader (Paperback)
Martin Reynolds, Christine Blackmore, Mark J. Smith
R569 Discovery Miles 5 690 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Environmental Responsibility Reader is a definitive collection of classic and contemporary environmental works that offers a comprehensive overview of the issues involved in environmental responsibility, steering the reader through each development in thought with a unifying and expert editorial voice. This essential text expertly explores seemingly intractable modern-day environmental dilemmas - including climate change, fossil fuel consumption, fresh water quality, industrial pollution, habitat destruction, and biodiversity loss. Starting with 'Silent Spring' and moving through to more recent works the book draws on contemporary ideas of environmental ethics, corporate social responsibility, ecological justice, fair trade, global citizenship, and the connections between environmental and social justice; configuring these ideas into practical notions for responsible action with a unique global and integral focus on responsibility.

Environment and Citizenship - Integrating Justice, Responsibility and Civic Engagement (Paperback): Mark J. Smith, Piya Pangsapa Environment and Citizenship - Integrating Justice, Responsibility and Civic Engagement (Paperback)
Mark J. Smith, Piya Pangsapa
R822 Discovery Miles 8 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Citizenship and the environment are hotly debated, as climate change places more responsibility on individuals and institutions in shaping policy. Using new evidence and cases from across the globe, Environment and Citizenship explores the new vocabulary of ecological citizenship and examines how successful environmental policy-making depends on the responsible actions of citizens and civil society organizations as much as on governments and international treaties. This accessible and thought-provoking book: - provides a comprehensive and timely guide to the debates on environmental and ecological citizenship, expertly combining examples of practice with theory; - examines how environmental movements have become increasingly involved in governance processes at the local, national, regional and intergovernmental levels; - explores the increasing importance of corporations and transnational networks through examples of stakeholding processes and participatory research in environmental decision-making; - calls on researchers, policy-makers and activists to face a new challenge: how to effectively link environmental justice with social justice. Breaking new ground, Smith and Pangsapa address how environmental responsibility operates through politics, ethics, culture and the everyday experiences of ctivists, as well as how awareness of environmental and social injustice only leads to responsible actions and strategic change through civic engagement.

The Business of Human Rights - An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility (Paperback): Aurora Voiculescu, Helen Yanacopulos The Business of Human Rights - An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility (Paperback)
Aurora Voiculescu, Helen Yanacopulos; Contributions by Klaus Dieter Wolf, Fiona Harris, Keren Bright, …
R587 Discovery Miles 5 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In a time when multinational corporations have become truly globalised, demands for global standards on their behaviour are increasingly difficult to dismiss. Work conditions in sweatshops, widespread destruction of the environment, and pharmaceutical trials in third world countries are only the tip of the iceberg. This timely collection of essays addresses the interface between the calls for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the demands for an extension of international human rights standards. Scholars from a vast variety of backgrounds provide expert yet accessible accounts of questions of law, politics, economics and international relations and how they relate to one another, while also encouraging non-legal perspectives on how businesses operate within and around human rights. The result is an essential incursion for a wide range of scholars, practitioners and students in law, development, business studies and international studies, in this emerging area of human rights.

Social Science in Question - Towards a Postdisciplinary Framework (Paperback): Mark J. Smith Social Science in Question - Towards a Postdisciplinary Framework (Paperback)
Mark J. Smith
R1,000 Discovery Miles 10 000 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How do social scientists study the social world? Is social scientific practice in transformation? Can social science learn from its own past?

This major text takes the reader on an intellectual journey starting with the story of modern science and the impact that this has had on social scientific practice, and going on to outline and critically review the major approaches to social scientific

inquiry, ranging from positivism to postmodernism. Throughout, readers are encouraged to think carefully about what it means to: study the social world in a scientific way; make connections between what they do and the everyday lives of the people they study; and look beyond their discipline and think in a postdisciplinary way.

Social Science in Question is the Course Text for The Open University's Postgraduate Foundation Module (D820 The Challenge of the Social Sciences).

Thinking Through the Environment - A Reader (Hardcover): Mark J. Smith Thinking Through the Environment - A Reader (Hardcover)
Mark J. Smith
R3,096 Discovery Miles 30 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This reader brings together material from ecological thought, environmental policy, environmental philosophy, social and political thought, historical sociology and cultural studies. The extracts tell the story of the way the natural environment has been understood in the modern world and how this has recently been questioned as contemporary societies are seen as characterized by uncertainty and complexity. The literature guides the reader through the conventional grounds for thinking about rights and obligations in relation to future generations, non-human animals and the biotic commununities, bringing each into question. This then leads into a critical examination of social and political theories and their capacity for drawing on ecological thought. Each of the seven sections of readings is introduced by the editor who locates the set of readings within the specific themes and issues at the heart of each section.; This broad-reaching set of readings stresses the diversity of response to environmental problems both within and between anthropocentric and ecocentric approaches and aims to encourage the reader to examine how they are manifested in the areas of environmental ethics, po

Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences (Hardcover): Mark J. Smith Philosophy and Methodology of the Social Sciences (Hardcover)
Mark J. Smith
R16,891 R15,743 Discovery Miles 157 430 Save R1,148 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is a comprehensive and authoritative reference collection in the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences. The source materials selected are drawn from debates within the natural sciences as well as social scientific practice.

This four volume set covers the traditional literature on the philosophy of the social sciences, and the contemporary philosophical and methodological debates developing at the heart of the disciplinary and interdisciplinary groups in the social sciences. It addresses the needs of researchers and academics who are grappling with the relationship between questions of knowledge construction and the problems of social scientific method.

Rethinking State Theory (Paperback): Mark J. Smith Rethinking State Theory (Paperback)
Mark J. Smith
R820 R739 Discovery Miles 7 390 Save R81 (10%) Out of stock

In the last two decades, objects of analysis such as 'the state' have increasingly been seen as uncertain and contested theoretical concepts. Mark J. Smith presents a counter argument that highlights how existing theoretical approaches can provide useful tools for understanding contemporary political developments.

Rethinking State Theory (Hardcover, New): Mark J. Smith Rethinking State Theory (Hardcover, New)
Mark J. Smith
R2,986 Discovery Miles 29 860 Out of stock


In the last two decades, objects of analysis such as 'the state' have increasingly been seen as uncertain and contested theoretical concepts. Mark J. Smith presents a counter argument that highlights how existing theoretical approaches can provide useful tools for understanding contemporary political developments.

Thinking Through the Environment - A Reader (Paperback): Mark J. Smith Thinking Through the Environment - A Reader (Paperback)
Mark J. Smith
R1,135 R1,009 Discovery Miles 10 090 Save R126 (11%) Out of stock


This reader brings together material from ecological thought, environmental policy, environmental philosophy, social and political thought, historical sociology and cultural studies. The extracts tell the story of the way the natural environment has been understood in the modern world and how this has recently been questioned as contemporary societies are seen as characterised by uncertainty and complexity.
The literature guides the reader through the conventiaonal grounds for thinking about rights and obligations in relation to future generations, non-human animals and the biotic commununities, bringing each into question. This then leads into a critical examination of social and political theories and their capacity for drawing on ecological thought. Each of the seven sections of readings is introduced by the editor who locates the set of readings within the specific themes and issues at the heart of each section.
This broad-reaching and thought-provoking set of readings stresses the diversity of response to environmental problems both within and between anthropocentric and ecocentric approaches and will encourage the reader to examine how they are manifested in the areas of environmental ethics, policy analysis and social and political theory.

Social Science in Question - Towards a Postdisciplinary Framework (Hardcover): Mark J. Smith Social Science in Question - Towards a Postdisciplinary Framework (Hardcover)
Mark J. Smith
R2,806 Discovery Miles 28 060 Out of stock

How do social scientists study the social world? Is social scientific practice in transformation? Can social science learn from its own past? This major text takes the reader on an intellectual journey starting with the story of modern science and the impact that this has had on social scientific practice, and going on to outline and critically review the major approaches to social scientific inquiry, ranging from positivism to postmodernism. Throughout, readers are encouraged to think carefully about what it means to: study the social world in a scientific way; make connections between what they do and the everyday lives of the people they study; and look beyond their discipline and think in a postdisciplinary way. Social Science in Question is the Course Text for The Open University's Postgraduate Foundation Module (D820 The Challenge of the Social Sciences).

Ecologism - Towards Ecological Citizenship (Paperback): Mark J. Smith Ecologism - Towards Ecological Citizenship (Paperback)
Mark J. Smith
R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Out of stock

Ecological thinking has gained increasing prevalence in recent decades, affecting political, social, and everyday life, sparking great conflicts of interest in public policy areas. In this accessible text, Mark Smith considers these conflicts and proposes a new approach to environmental responsibility.

Ecologism addresses how we understand nature and the environment and applies this understanding to current sociological approaches. Smith examines how the core questions raised by a green perspective transform the frame of reference for modern thinking. He then outlines the distinctive features of ecological thought, discussing two areas of contention: the present generation's obligation to future generations and the relationship existing between humans and animals. He then explores the difficulties in applying conventional ideas such as rights or justice to issues of the environment, as well as the possibility that green thinking could lead to a new politics of obligation, one grounded firmly in ecological citizenship.

Designed as an essential text for students of environmental studies, politics, and sociology, this book is necessary reading for anyone with an interest in ecology and its social environment.

Environment and Citizenship - Integrating Justice, Responsibility and Civic Engagement (Hardcover): Mark J. Smith, Piya Pangsapa Environment and Citizenship - Integrating Justice, Responsibility and Civic Engagement (Hardcover)
Mark J. Smith, Piya Pangsapa
R1,843 Discovery Miles 18 430 Out of stock

This book demonstrates how awareness of environmental hazards, injustices and new forms of risk is only effective when it generates strategies for political change. It examines how environmental movements have become increasingly involved in governance processes at the national, regional and intergovernmental levels, in contexts such as the EU, UN, and LA21 initiatives.The authors argue that while 'rights-discourse' has highlighted the status of specific identities, taking account of obligation prompts a consideration of social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental injustices. Tackling these injustices demands a concern with both entitlements and obligations of all relevant parties and constituencies.Using new evidence and case studies, this book explores: - the new vocabulary of citizenship; how successful environmental policy-making depends on the responsible actions of civil society actors as much as on governments and international treaties; how stakeholding processes and participatory research in environmental decision-making transform deliberation processes and civic engagement; and the increased importance of transnational networks creating public-private and civil strategic partnerships between organizations, NGO activists, ministers, academics, and environmental philosophers all now refer to 'citizenship' as a key concept for understanding environmental justice and responsibility. Using contexts as diverse as Southern Spain, the borderlands of Thailand and South Africa, this book demonstrates how ecological citizenship provides the key link between them through processes of civic engagement

The Environmental Responsibility Reader (Hardcover): Martin Reynolds, Christine Blackmore, Mark J. Smith The Environmental Responsibility Reader (Hardcover)
Martin Reynolds, Christine Blackmore, Mark J. Smith
R2,670 R1,974 Discovery Miles 19 740 Save R696 (26%) Out of stock

The Environmental Responsibility Reader is a definitive collection of classic and contemporary environmental works that offers a comprehensive overview of the issues involved in environmental responsibility, steering the reader through each development in thought with a unifying and expert editorial voice. This essential text expertly explores seemingly intractable modern-day environmental dilemmas - including climate change, fossil fuel consumption, fresh water quality, industrial pollution, habitat destruction, and biodiversity loss. Starting with 'Silent Spring' and moving through to more recent works the book draws on contemporary ideas of environmental ethics, corporate social responsibility, ecological justice, fair trade, global citizenship, and the connections between environmental and social justice; configuring these ideas into practical notions for responsible action with a unique global and integral focus on responsibility.

The Business of Human Rights - An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility (Hardcover): Aurora Voiculescu, Helen Yanacopulos The Business of Human Rights - An Evolving Agenda for Corporate Responsibility (Hardcover)
Aurora Voiculescu, Helen Yanacopulos; Contributions by Klaus Dieter Wolf, Fiona Harris, Keren Bright, …
R1,838 Discovery Miles 18 380 Out of stock

In a time when multinational corporations have become truly globalised, demands for global standards on their behaviour are increasingly difficult to dismiss. Work conditions in sweatshops, widespread destruction of the environment, and pharmaceutical trials in third world countries are only the tip of the iceberg. This timely collection of essays addresses the interface between the calls for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the demands for an extension of international human rights standards. Scholars from a vast variety of backgrounds provide expert yet accessible accounts of questions of law, politics, economics and international relations and how they relate to one another, while also encouraging non-legal perspectives on how businesses operate within and around human rights. The result is an essential incursion for a wide range of scholars, practitioners and students in law, development, business studies and international studies, in this emerging area of human rights.

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