Welcome to the SAGE edge site for An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, Sixth Edition!

If there were ever a time for environmental sociology, it is now. As COVID-19 is spreading across our communities, our countries, our world, we have all become too familiar with maintaining that awful term of “social distance.” Yet there can be no true distance from that which is always with us and within us: our social ecology

An Invitation to Environmental Sociology invites students to delve into this rapidly changing field. Written in a lively, engaging style, the authors cover a broad range of topics in environmental sociology with a personal passion rarely seen in sociology texts. The book's unique organization explores three different kinds of questions about interactions between humans and the natural world: the material, the ideal, and the practical. The Sixth Edition of this bestseller comprises 12 chapters instead of 13, making it easier to fit into the normal rhythm of a course. But the result is also an edition that is up-to-date and peppered with much newer material, while continuing to use an inviting tone that the title of the book promises.

This site features an array of free resources you can access anytime, anywhere.


We gratefully acknowledge Michael Mayerfeld Bell, Isaac Sohn Leslie, Laura Hanson Schlachter and Loka L. Ashwood for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Alicia Fisher of California State University, Fullerton for developing the resources on this site.