This bold and important new book presents current and emerging thinking on the social dimensions of climate change. Using clear language and powerful examples, it introduces key concepts and frameworks for understanding the multifaceted connections between climate and society.
Robin Leichenko and Karen O'Brien frame climate change as a social issue that calls for integrative approaches to research, policy, and action. They explore dominant and relevant discourses on the social drivers, impacts, and responses to climate change, highlighting the important roles that worldviews and beliefs play in shaping interpretations of climate challenges. Situating climate change within the context of a rapidly changing world, the book demonstrates how dynamic political, economic, and environmental contexts amplify risks, yet also present opportunities for transformative responses.
Aimed at undergraduates across the social sciences studying this critical challenge of our time, this informative and engaging book empowers readers with a range of possibilities for equitable and sustainable transformations in a changing climate.
Robin Leichenko is Professor of Geography at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Karen O’Brien is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo.