Despite the wealth of information describing social movement activity, studies that focus attention on the intricacies of community relationships within the mobilization process are few. Attention is given in this context to the community struggle to determine parameters of health and safety in the face of environmental contamination. This focused effort draws on detailed analysis of community relationships with the media, science, government and community members themselves. Over the course of five years, the author, sociologist Erin Robinson, has uncovered the ways in which community members come to understand the environmental problems they face. This book offers an explanation for how communities faced with environmental contamination can begin to make sense of that reality. The story of this community serves as a case study for how complex efforts to understand a problem facing one's community can be. In this study, the complications of social movement mobilization are analyzed from a perspective that considers the nuances of the mobilization process. In doing so, this study offers a perspective to community mobilization that reflects on processes of negotiation, conflict, acceptance, and rejection of information frames that serve to explain a community environmental problem. This book both demonstrates the ways in which individuals engage in the mobilization process and serves to explain how mobilization occurs. Through a detailed qualitative analysis of in depth interviews, document analysis, and field research, Robinson traces the beginning of a community social movement throughout the life of the movement effort. Whereas many studies of mobilization are historical, this study offers a close analysis of mobilization efforts as they were occurring. The story of how changes in mobilization occur is demonstrated by how individuals gain information from different sources and frame the issues leading to mobilization activities. Overall the book not only contributes to an understanding of why community mobilization occurs, but helps explain that as well. This is an important read for students, researchers, and community groups alike. This book provides sociological context to environmental problems that would be useful in courses and library collections in sociology, social movements, community and environmental studies.
"This book features the stories of young people from around the world who have used their talents and skills to help save the environment, in their local communities and in the wider world. Their stories will inspire readers to make a difference in their own way."
This is a comprehensive yet accessible text that exposes students to the interaction between society and the environment. Each chapter opens with a stimulating case example or scenario that helps students grasp this interaction, while a "Focus on the U.S." feature helps students relate global environmental issues to everyday life in the United States. Students learn how to use social theories to better understand environmental issues, both at home and internationally.
LaShay Pillars, an educator and a mother, has been blessed to work with children from varying backgrounds in her lifetime. Some children, she thought, were really difficult to handle, but overall she believed strongly that all children are a blessing.
Raised in Africa, Ms. Pillars watched children from the most humble of backgrounds become pillars of support for their families and power brokers in the community. Not only have these children overcome all the odds but through the transforming power of education, they have become as they say in Africa, ?institutions themselves?.
An African Proverb says that ?when a child has washed his hands clean; he can eat with the elders?. In Africa, the process of washing his hands was simply the process of education. Education gave each child, regardless of their background, the power to become ?someone?.
Ms. Pillars grew to have a strong love for education. She has a strong belief that education has the power to change a troublesome little child into a highly achieving adult. It was a rude shock to her when her son had been ?marginalized? and ?separated? in the education process, simply because he was a very active child.
Here is the story of a mother, who had a strong faith in education, watched as school after school had difficulty and rejected her son, because of his high energy and activity level. Where does a mother begin? What is a mother to do?
Essay from the year 2015 in the subject Philosophy - Practical (Ethics, Aesthetics, Culture, Nature, Right, ...), language: English, abstract: An explanation for the rise of 'environmentalism' in the West. Modern environmentalism suffers from a number of false preconceptions. These misplaced ideas have led inevitably to the distrust that many people now feel when confronted with alarmist claims the green movement is prone to making, particularly in the area of so-called climate change. The environmental movement stems originally from the Western Christian tradition of doing good and the accompanying conviction that mankind is intrinsically evil.
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