Environment and Society Sep 2nd

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Environment and Society Sep. 2 1. Conceptual “-isms” definitions: Realism : an epistemological commitment to positivism (materialists) Constructionism : a commitment to subjectivism, interpretivism. Actors perceive and interpret the word differently ( idealists) Materialism: a theoretical commitment to subsistence activities and material inequality as causes of environmental change. Idealism: a commitment to ideologies, perceptions and discourses as drivers of environmental change 2. Arguments for realism/materialism 1. Environmental social science motivated by natural science data. Demand for “ good” social science by R/M natural scientists 2. Material conditions are direct causes, ideas are indirect causes. The implementation of ideas is what is crucial 3. R/M traditions more tied to policy formulation, less to criticism. Has the potential for positive impacts on environment via regulation. 4. Constructionism is unnecessarily skeptical about evidence.
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2011 for the course SYD 4510 taught by Professor Stephan,perz during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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