The Environment and Technology Division strives to encourage scholarship and discussion around social issues surrounding the environment and technology. Such scholarship endeavors to understand the environmental factors that shape and are shaped by macro-level phenomena such as globalization, neoliberalism, and advanced capitalism, and to reveal micro-level concerns about environmental inequality and justice. Specific attention is paid to the ways in which wealth and power differentials the world over are intimately linked to the environmental context in which communities and individuals are embedded.

As a division we strive to advance social justice by directing attention to environmental inequality. Towards achieving that goal we work with community activists, independent scholars, and nonprofits to mitigate problems and advance solutions.

SSSP members are drawn to this division in part because of its historical focus on issues relating to social justice. We actively encourage graduate students to join and to submit a paper for the annual Brent K. Marshall Graduate Student Paper Award. If you are interested in joining this exciting and diverse group of scholars, we look forward to meeting you.

Division mission statement reviewed in November 2019 by Nels R. Paulson, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Environment and Technology Division Chair, 2018-2020. No edits were made. Division mission statement last edited in November 2017 by Laura McKinney, Tulane University, Environment and Technology Division Chair, 2016-2018.

Further Reading:

Bullard, Robert D. 1990. Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality. Westview: Boulder, CO.

Bullard, Robert D. (Ed). 1993. Environmental Racism: Voices from the Grassroots. Boston: South End.

Cable, Sherry and Charles Cable. 1995. Environmental Problems/Grassroots Solutions: The Politics of Environmental Conflict. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Capek, Stella M. 1993. “The ‘Environmental Justice’ Frame: A Conceptual Discussion and an Application.” Social Problems 40:5-24.

Dunlap, Riley E. 1997. “The Evolution of Environmental Sociology.” Pp. 21-39 in M. Redclift and G. Woodgate (eds.), The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Chelterham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Gunter, Valerie and Steve Kroll-Smith (eds). 2006. Volatile Places: A Sociology of Communities and Environmental Controversies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.  

Hannigan, John A. 1995. Environmental Sociology: A Social Constructionist Perspective. London: Routledge.

Humphrey, Craig R., Tammy L. Lewis and Frederick H. Buttel. 2002. Environment, Energy, and Society: A New Synthesis. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Kroll-Smith, Steve, Phil Brown, and Valerie J. Gunter. 2000. Illness and the Environment: A Reader in Contested Medicine. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Marshall, Brent. 1999. “Globalization, Environmental Degradation, and Ulrich Beck’s Risk Society.” Environmental Values 8:253-275.

Pellow, David Naguib and Robert J. Brulle (eds.). 2005. Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Redclift, Michael and Graham Woodgate (eds.). 1997. The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Schnaiberg, Allan 1980. The Environment: From Surplus to Scarcity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Szasz, Andrew. 1994. EcoPopulism: Toxic Waste and the Movement for Environmental Justice. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

York, Richard. 2004. “The Treadmill of (Diversifying) Production.” Organization & Environment 17:355-362.