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Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment$
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Liam Downey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479850723

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479850723.001.0001

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Environmental Degradation Reconsidered

Environmental Degradation Reconsidered

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Inequality, Democracy, and the Environment

Liam Downey

NYU Press

This book has highlighted the limitations of existing arguments in accounting for the structural causes of social and environmental harm, including macro-structural environmental sociology, with particular emphasis on their lack of attention to three important phenomena: OINB inequality; war, militarism, and armed violence; and the inherently violent nature of elite-controlled organizations and mechanisms. It has identified mechanisms that contribute to some of the world's most pervasive and damaging social and environmental crises, including those associated with climate change, modern agriculture, and natural resource extraction. This concluding chapter summarizes the book's theoretical argument and empirical findings and discusses the implications of these findings.

Keywords:   environmental harm, environmental sociology, inequality, war, armed violence, elite-controlled organizations, environmental crises, climate change, modern agriculture, natural resource extraction

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