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ERIC Number: EJ878875
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Climate Change and Rural Sociology: Broadening the Research Agenda
Dunlap, Riley E.
Rural Sociology, v75 n1 p17-27 Mar 2010
Climate change is the preeminent environmental problem of this time, and Joseph Molnar's call for greater attention to it by rural sociologists is both welcome and timely. The agenda he lays out for rural sociology's engagement with climate change, however, seems rather narrow and restrictive. Examining the potential impacts of climate change, feasible mitigation options, and possible coping or adaptive strategies for agricultural (and other natural-resource) industries and rural communities are obviously topics for which rural sociologists are particularly well qualified. However, the author argues that rural sociology should be able to make broader contributions to understanding the human dimensions of climate change. In this paper, the author aims to complement and extend Molnar's call and comments on the scope of Molnar's research agenda, its dependence on natural science, and its rather casual treatment of the "climate debate." In the process of dealing with these interrelated issues, the author suggests a broader research agenda for rural sociologists and other social scientists interested in climate change and reference a wide range of literature that should provide guideposts for pursuing such research. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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