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ERIC Number: EJ889453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0092-055X
Consumption, Ecological Footprints and Global Inequality: A Lesson in Individual and Structural Components of Environmental Problems
Obach, Brian K.
Teaching Sociology, v37 n3 p294-300 Jul 2009
As evidence of the growing ecological crisis mounts, it is imperative that sociologists speak to this social problem and incorporate a sociological perspective on environmental issues into the curriculum. Central to understanding how social issues relate to environmental problems is an examination of the ties between consumption and its ecological consequences. This article describes a lesson that facilitates students' reflection on their own role within the broader ecologically destructive economic order. An examination of personal consumption allows students to see how their individual behavior contributes to broader environmental problems, but it also provides insight into how social institutions shape their lives in ways that are beyond their individual control. Ideally this lesson imparts important sociological understanding while also encouraging engagement in the political process necessary to devise real solutions to environmental problems. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A