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environmental sociology

Definition of Environmental Sociology

(noun) The subfield of sociology that studies the relationship between the environment and humans.

Environmental Sociology Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ənˌvaɪrənˈmɛn(t)l ˌsoʊsiˈɑlədʒi/
      • /ənˌvaɪ(ə)rnˈmɛn(t)l ˌsoʊsiˈɑlədʒi/
      • /ɛnˌvaɪrənˈmɛn(t)l ˌsoʊsiˈɑlədʒi/
      • /ɛnˌvaɪ(ə)rnˈmɛn(t)l ˌsoʊsiˈɑlədʒi/
      • /ənˌvaɪrənˈmɛn(t)l ˌsoʊʃ(i)ˈɑlədʒi/
      • /ənˌvaɪ(ə)rnˈmɛn(t)l ˌsoʊʃ(i)ˈɑlədʒi/
      • /ɛnˌvaɪrənˈmɛn(t)l ˌsoʊʃ(i)ˈɑlədʒi/
      • /ɛnˌvaɪ(ə)rnˈmɛn(t)l ˌsoʊʃ(i)ˈɑlədʒi/
    • British English
      • /ᵻnˌvʌɪrənˈmɛntl ˌsəʊʃɪˈɒlədʒi/
      • /ᵻnˌvʌɪrn̩ˈmɛntl ˌsəʊʃɪˈɒlədʒi/
      • /ɛnˌvʌɪrənˈmɛntl ˌsəʊʃɪˈɒlədʒi/
      • /ɛnˌvʌɪrn̩ˈmɛntl ˌsəʊʃɪˈɒlədʒi/
      • /ᵻnˌvʌɪrənˈmɛntl ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒi/
      • /ᵻnˌvʌɪrn̩ˈmɛntl ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒi/
      • /ɛnˌvʌɪrənˈmɛntl ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒi/
      • /ɛnˌvʌɪrn̩ˈmɛntl ˌsəʊsɪˈɒlədʒi/
  • Syllabification: (en·vi·ron·men·tal so·ci·ol·o·gy)

Usage Notes

Related Quotation

  • “The idea of green jobs is what sociologists, and increasingly journalists, call a ‘frame.’ It is intended to neutralize and overcome the view that pits jobs against the environment. The green jobs frame facilitates an alliance that some large industrial corporations, unions, social justice advocates, and environmental organizations, have forged to promote a common ground of environmental reform and industrial development. The frame speaks to the chronic unemployment and underemployment that many Americans face, and it articulates the goal of creating high-quality jobs” (Hess 2012:2).

Additional Information

Related Terms


Hess, David J. 2012. Good Green Jobs in a Global Economy: Making and Keeping New Industries in the United States. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Works Consulted

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

Henslin, James M. 2012. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 10th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Macionis, John, and Kenneth Plummer. 2012. Sociology: A Global Introduction. 4th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

Ravelli, Bruce, and Michelle Webber. 2016. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Environmental Sociology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “environmental sociology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/environmental-sociology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

environmental sociology. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/environmental-sociology/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “environmental sociology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/environmental-sociology/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“environmental sociology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/environmental-sociology/>.