Chapter 2. Theories and Concepts from the Social Sciences

  1. Emilio F. Moran

Published Online: 23 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319057.ch2

Environmental Social Science: Human-Environment Interactions and Sustainability

Environmental Social Science: Human-Environment Interactions and Sustainability

How to Cite

Moran, E. F. (2010) Theories and Concepts from the Social Sciences, in Environmental Social Science: Human-Environment Interactions and Sustainability, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319057.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 22 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405105736

Online ISBN: 9781444319057

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Keywords:

  • theories and concepts from social sciences;
  • population, technology and central place theories;
  • theory of population and environment - ability of environment to produce food;
  • theory of household life cycle;
  • size and spatial configuration of urban areas - directly impacting energy and material flows, carbon emissions and infrastructure demands;
  • demographic “pressures” or “driving forces” - affecting environmental change;
  • coupled human–environment system dynamics;
  • decision-theoretic approaches;
  • collective-action theory - core theory across all of social sciences;
  • World system theory, blame for land-use/land-cover change on organization of world political economy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Population, Technology, and Central Place Theories

  • Population and Environment Theories

  • Agency and History

  • Decision-theoretic Approaches

  • Political Economy and Political Ecology

  • Cultural Ecology