Environmental History

The Social Metabolism

A Socio-Ecological Theory of Historical Change

Authors: González de Molina, Manuel, Toledo, Víctor M.

  • An updated summary of the theoretical and methodological approach of social metabolism and their latest contributions
  • Provides an interpretation of human history from a socio-ecological perspective
  • Proposes a new theory of socio-ecological change, in which collective action takes a prominent place
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About this book

Over this last decade, the concept of Social Metabolism has gained prestige as a theoretical instrument for the required analysis, to such an extent that there are now dozens of researchers, hundreds of articles and several books that have adopted and use this concept. However, there is a great deal of variety in terms of definitions and interpretations, as well as different methodologies around this concept, which prevents the consolidation of a unified field of new knowledge. The fundamental aim of the book is to conduct a review of the past and present usage of the concept of social metabolism, its origins and history, as well as the main currents or schools that exist around this concept. At the same time, the reviews and discussions included are used by the authors as starting points to draw conclusions and propose a theory of socio-ecological transformations.

The theoretical and methodological innovations of this book include a distinction of two types of metabolic processes: tangible and intangible; the analysis of the social metabolism at different scales (in space and time) and a theory of socio-ecological change overcoming the merely “systemic” or “cybernetic” nature of conventional approaches, giving special protagonism to collective action.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    González de Molina, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Environmental History as Sustainability Science

    González de Molina, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 9-42

  • Social Metabolism: Origins, History, Approaches, and Main Publications

    González de Molina, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 43-58

  • The Basic Model

    González de Molina, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 59-85

  • Social Metabolism at the Local Scale

    González de Molina, Manuel (et al.)

    Pages 87-106

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-35189-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Social Metabolism
Book Subtitle
A Socio-Ecological Theory of Historical Change
Authors
Series Title
Environmental History
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-06358-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-06358-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-06357-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-35189-6
Series ISSN
2211-9019
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 355
Number of Illustrations and Tables
30 b/w illustrations, 38 illustrations in colour
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