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Social Policy and the Environment By Meg Huby

Social Policy and the Environment
by Meg Huby

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A demonstration of how people's lives are shaped by the environments in which they live and how environmental issues have a place on the social policy agenda. Focuses on the needs of modern society and explores the ways in which different groups of people meet these needs and how inequality can affect the different social groups.
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Social Policy and the Environment by Meg Huby

Environmental policies, however good the science on which they are based, will ultimately fail unless they are socially just. Nor can social policy makers ignore the major environmental issues of our time - without a healthy environment social problems can only get worse not better. This pioneering book is essential reading for anybody who is interested in the environment or in social policy and is a marvellous resource for those who are teaching courses in this critically important interdisciplinary subject.
Professor John H. Lawton CBE, FRS, NERC Centre for Population Biology

This is a book which breaks new ground, challenging conventionally limited approaches to social policy. It includes all the key environmental changes that have a social impact and discusses them in a cogent and logical fashion. There will be many students who will welcome the bridging of the gap between social and environmental studies in this important and easily accessible text.
Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, University of York

Most people today are aware of the pressing need to deal with both social and environmental problems at local and global levels. However, the intimate links between them are not always recognized. This accessible text demonstrates that, since people's lives are shaped by the environments in which they live, environmental issues have a valid place on the social policy agenda. It focuses on the water, food, housing, domestic energy, transport and leisure needs of modern societies, exploring the ways in which different groups of people meet these needs. The author argues that the use of environmental resources which this entails results in changes that can alter the ability of other groups of people to ensure their present and future well-being. Inequity between social groups, stemming from unequal distribution of resources and influenced by nationality, age, gender and disability, are often perpetuated by the effects of human activities on the environment. The central themes of need and equity, risk and uncertainty, responsibility and economic growth that run throughout this book are crucial to the development of ideas about the sustainability of social and environmental change.

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"Environmental policies, however good the science on whichthey are based, will ultimately fail unless they are socially just. Nor can social policymakers ignore the major environmental issues of our time - without a healthy environment social problems can only get worse not better. This pioneering book is essential reading for anybody who is interested in the environment or in social policy and is a marvellous resource for those who are teaching courses in this critically important interdisciplinary subject." - Professor John H. Lawton CBE, FRS (Director, NERC Centre for Population Biology; Chairman RSPB; Former member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution) "This is a book which breaks new ground, challenging conventionally limited approaches to social policy. It includes all the key environmental changes that have a social impact and discusses them in a cogent and logical fashion. There will be many students who will welcome the bridging of the gap between social and environmental studies in this important and easily accessible text." - Professor Jonathan Bradshaw (Director, Institute of Research in the Social Sciences, University of York) "This is an important book which should revitalise social policy. It gives real analytic and empirical substance to the call for a 'new' social policy which breaks the domains of the traditional core topics of the field of study. It tackles issues of real political importance in a manner which clearly demonstrates the utility of developing social policy perspectives in an area hitherto dominated by the natural sciences." - Roger Burrows (Assistant Director, Centre for Housing Policy, University of York)

Table of Contents


Preface
Acronyms and abbreviations
Introduction
Water
Food
Housing
Warmth and domestic energy
Mobility and travel
Recreation and leisure
Summary and discussion
Glossary of scientific and technical terms
References
Index.

Additional information

GOR010087213
Social Policy and the Environment by Meg Huby
Meg Huby
Used - Well Read
Paperback
Open University Press
1998-05-01
192
0335198295
9780335198290
N/A
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