Global Warming and Sociology

  title={Global Warming and Sociology},
  author={Constance Lever‐Tracy},
  journal={Current Sociology},
  pages={445 - 466}
Escalating climate change, partly induced by human activity, has made its way into public awareness, yet most sociologists, outside the specialism of environmental sociology, have had surprisingly little to say about the possible future social trajectories it may portend. Wary of accepting the truth claims of natural science, but aware of our own inability to judge the validity of their claims, we have generally preferred to look the other way, although these developments can affect the very… 
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