Sustaining: the environment

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Key points:
- Economic growth is a longstanding and vital feature of modern capitalism.
- From the late-nineteenth century some classical social analysis began to express concern about the environmental impact of modern forms of production and consumption.
- Increasing mass production and mass consumption led to concerns being expressed about waste and the sustainability of modern ways of living.
- Scientific research suggests that capitalist economic life and modern ways of living are creatin a global ecological crisis.
- Notwithstanding scientific evidence indicating that relentless pursuit of economic growth is unsustainable the policy accorded priority on official discourse has continued to be ' business as usual'.
- Sustaining the environment is a priority and needs to be a prominent focus of sociological inquiry,
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBeing Sociological
EditorsSteve Matthewman, Catherine Lane West-Newman, Bruce Curtis
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9780230303157
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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