Special Issue "The Role of Environmentalism in Social Development"

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2018)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Md Saidul Islam

Associate Professor, Division of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
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Interests: environmental sustainability; nature-society relationship; sustainable food; industrial aquaculture; international development; climate change; neoliberalism; green discourse

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Environmentalism, a broad environmental philosophy and movement, is one of the most dynamic, pervasive, and transnational social movements today. It has, however, no clear beginning. The movement emerged in different places at different times, and usually for different reasons. The earliest environmental issues were local (McCormick 1989). Now, environmentalism goes beyond the literary appreciation of landscapes, and the scientific analysis of species. It is “a social program, a charter of action, which seeks to protect cherished habitats, protest against their degradation, and prescribe less destructive technologies and lifestyles (Guha 2000:3).

This special issue “The Role of Environmentalism in Social Development” will not only focus on dynamics of environmentalism and its narratives but also examine its impacts on social development such as: how it generates millions of supporters, changes the way people live, generates new body of knowledge, encourages a rethinking of economic priorities, brings new political parties and broad environmental agendas in the mainstream political parties, becomes an issue in international relations, and makes people feel that nature is finite and misuse of it threatens human existence.

We will welcome conceptual, theoretical, and empirical works related to diverse contours of environmentalism and their impacts on social development.

Dr. Md Saidul ISLAM
Guest Editor

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  • Dynamics of environmentalism
  • New Ecological Paradigm
  • Ecological Marxism
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Global Commons
  • Deep Ecology
  • Environmentalism and Climate Change
  • Environmentalism of the Poor
  • Religious Environmentalism
  • Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)
  • Ecological Modernization
  • Environmental Justice
  • Green Party
  • Green Consumerism
  • Environmentalism of the Rich


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  4. Gibson, Donald (2002). Environmentalism: Ideology and Power. New York: Vova Science Publishers, Inc.
  5. Guha, Ramachandra (2000). Environmentalism: A Global History. New York: Longman.
  6. McCormick, John (1989). The Global Environmental Movement. London: Belhaven Press.
  7. Shiva, Vandana and Maria Mies (1993). Ecofeminism. London: Zed Books

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Open AccessArticle Towards a Decommodified Wildlife Tourism: Why Market Environmentalism Is Not Enough for Conservation
Societies 2018, 8(3), 59; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030059
Received: 5 June 2018 / Revised: 28 June 2018 / Accepted: 23 July 2018 / Published: 26 July 2018
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Wildlife tourism is frequently touted as a solution to the problems of increased poaching, habitat destruction, and species extinction. When wildlife is able to pay for its right to survive through attracting tourists, there is an incentive to conserve wildlife populations and the
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Wildlife tourism is frequently touted as a solution to the problems of increased poaching, habitat destruction, and species extinction. When wildlife is able to pay for its right to survive through attracting tourists, there is an incentive to conserve wildlife populations and the habitats that support them. However, numerous reports in recent years have drawn attention to the potential negative impacts of wildlife tourism attractions. This paper examines whether market environmentalism diminishes the potential of wildlife tourism to contribute to conservation and the welfare of individual animals. Market environmentalism commodifies the animals involved in wildlife tourism attractions and fuels an anthropocentric worldview where animals are resources to be used by humans for entertainment or economic gain, potentially presenting a threat to long-term conservation. Instead, we call for a decommodified experience of wildlife tourism based on more than just economic value. Full article
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