Fall 2019 Section Newsletter

The Fall 2019 issue of the Environmental Sociology Section Newsletter is now available for download (PDF). In this issue: A message from our new Section Chair, Jill Lindsey Harrison; several thoughtful feature articles from section members; calls for syllabi, abstracts, and literature on underrepresented areas in environmental sociology; a climate change module for introduction to sociology courses; recent publications; and other section and member news, including photos from the 2019 ASA meeting in New York. Lazarus Adua, the current newsletter editor, has said that this is about the richest issue (in terms of content) he has edited since taking on the position. You do not want to miss what is in it!

Racial Exclusion and Equity in Environmental Sociology

The Section on Environmental Sociology (SES) is a comparatively new section of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The section was officially formed in 1976 as an outgrowth of the U.S. environmental movement and the need to strengthen sociologists’ ability to contribute to environmental impact assessments, which had recently been mandated by national legislation (Caldwell 1988). Over the past four decades, membership in the SES has steadily grown. However, while there have been some gains in diversity in the discipline of sociology as a whole, these gains have not been achieved in the SES (Mascarenhas et al. 2017). – “Confronting White Space and White Ignorance: A Summary of the Committee on Racial Equity’s Mission and Work (2016-2019)” (Mascarenhas et al. 2019) Read this and other reports from the Section on Environmental Sociology’s (SES) Committee on Racial Equity (CRE) here (link).