Publications

Steve’s recent books:

The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology (London: Sage 2006) - With over 1000 entries on key concepts and theorists, The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology provides full coverage of the field, clarifying the technical use of apparently common words, explaining the fundamental concepts in candid and entertaining ways, and introducing new and unfamiliar terms.

Making Sense of Science (London: Sage 2005) - The most authoritative guide to science studies and a book that successfully bridges the divide between social theory and the sociology of science. In this work Steve makes up for sociology's neglect of science studies and pinpoints the ways in which the sociology of science illuminates core sociological issues such as risk, expertise, the role of expert testimony and evidence, and public participation.

Cultures of Environmentalism (Basingstoke: Palgrave/Macmillan 2005, paperback edition 2009) - This book shows how much sociologists can bring to current debates over environmental topics (including urban air quality and the testing of genetically modified organisms) and - using the author's first-hand research - demonstrates how sociologists can best pursue practical work on environmental themes.

Steve's earlier publications:

Sociology, Environmentalism, Globalization (London: Sage 1996) - This book focuses on the construction of the global environment as a topic for campaigning, management or anxiety. Using detailed analyses of the global impacts of climate change and ozone depletion, Steve shows how the "global-ness" of environmental problems is made, contested and resolved. He analyses the politics of the use of the 'global' label and shows how the recognition of global environmental problems is the outcome of diplomatic, scientific and economic struggles.

The Green Case: A Sociology of Environmental Arguments, Issues and Politics (London: Harper Collins 1991, reprinted Routledge 1992 and 2014) - The Green Case provides a comprehensive and objective account of the basis of "green" arguments and their social and political implications.

Science, Technology and Social Change (London: Unwin Hyman 1988, reprinted Routledge 2014)

Science and Sociological Practice (Milton Keynes: Open University Press 1984) edited with Maureen McNeil and Ian Varcoe The New Reproductive Technologies (London: Macmillan 1990)

Steve's book chapters:

‘Economic valuation of the environment’, in Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges, ed M Boström and D J Davidson (London: Palgrave Macmillan 2018) 143-165

‘Communication strategies of environmental NGOs and advocacy groups’, in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Climate Change Communication, ed M C Nisbet et al (New York: Oxford University Press 2018)

‘Sociology and politics of risk’ in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences 2nd Edition, ed James D Wright (Oxford: Elsevier 2015) 706-710

with C Boswell et al ‘The effects of targets and indicators on policy formulation: narrowing down, crowding out and locking in’, in The Tools of Policy Formulation: Actors, Capacities, Venues and Effects, ed A Jordan and J Turnpenny (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2015) 225-244

‘Considering convergences in technology and society’, in Knowing New Biotechnologies: Social Aspects of Technological Convergence, ed M Wienroth and M E Rodrigues (Abingdon: Routledge 2015) 191-95

with I Fletcher et al ‘Mapping the UK Government’s genome: analysing convergence in UK policy one decade into the twenty-first century’, in Knowing New Biotechnologies: Social Aspects of Technological Convergence, ed M Wienroth and M E Rodrigues (Abingdon: Routledge 2015) 92-104

‘Environmentalists as communicators of science’, in New Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, ed M Bucchi and B Trench (London: Routledge 2014) 113-124

‘Citizen engagement with the politics of air quality: lessons for social theory, science studies and environmental sociology’, in Governing the Air ed R Lidskog and G Sundqvist (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press 2011) 253-271

with Emma Frow ‘People, policy and plant genomics’ Principles and Practices of Plant Genomics – Volume 3, Advanced Genomics, ed C Kole and A Abbott (Enfield, NH: Science Publishers, 2010) 528-570

‘Understanding responses to the environmental and ethical aspects of innovative technologies: the case of synthetic biology’, in Environmental Sociology: European Perspectives and Interdisciplinary Challenges ed M Groß and H Heinrichs (Berlin: Springer, 2010) 97-108

‘Science and the environment in the twenty-first century’, in The New International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, ed M Redclift and G Woodgate (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010) 212-25

‘Environmental groups and other NGOs as science communicators’ Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology, ed M Bucchi and B Trench (London: Routledge 2008) 159-171

'Nature and the environment in science and technology studies' The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies Third edition, ed E Hackett, O Amsterdamska, M Lynch and J Wajcman (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press 2008) 921-47

'Globalization and the environment' in The Blackwell Companion to Globalization, ed G Ritzer (London: Blackwell 2007) 239-253

‘Scientific proofs and international justice: why “universal” standards of scientific evidence can undermine environmental fairness’ in Scientific Proofs and International Justice: the Future for Scientific Standards in Global Environmental Protection and International Trade, ed M E Rodrigues and H Machado (Braga: NES & University of Minho 2006) 71-87

'The sociology of the environment and nature' in The SAGE Handbook of Sociology, ed C Calhoun, C Rojek and B S Turner (London: Sage 2005) 314-26

'Ecological problems' in Handbook of Social Problems: A Comparative International Perspective, ed G Ritzer (London: Sage 2004) 87-100

'Social movements as problematic agents of global environmental change' in Globalization, Globalism, Environments, and Environmentalism - Consciousness of Connections: the Linacre Lectures 2000, ed S Vertovec and D Posey (Oxford: OUP 2003) 39-54

'The social construction of environmental problems: a theoretical review and some not-very-Herculean labors' in Sociological Theory and the Environment, ed R Dunlap et al (Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield 2002) 274-85

'Sociology and politics of risk' in International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences ed N J Smelser and Paul B Baltes (Oxford: Pergamon 2001) 13360-64

'New social movements' in R J Barry Jones (ed) Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (London: Routledge 2001) 735-38

with P Bailey et al 'Participação e perícia científica' in Cultura Científica e Participação Pública, ed M E Gonçalves (Oeiras: Celta 2000) 183-200

with J Forrester 'Shell, a sure target for global environmental campaigning?' in Global Social Movements, ed R Cohen and S M Rai (London: Athlone 2000) 134-145

'What does "science" mean in the "public understanding of science"', in Between Understanding and Trust: The Public, Science and Technology, ed M Dierkes and C von Gröte (Reading: Harwood Academic, 2000) 217-236.

with A Irwin et al 'Regulatory science and the European control of agrochemicals' in The Politics of Chemical Risk: Scenarios for a Regulatory Future, ed R Bal and W Halffman (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1998) 231-50

'Science and the environment', in The International Handbook of Environmental Sociology, ed M Redclift and G Woodgate (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 1997) 227-36

'Campaigning and critique: public-interest groups and environmental change', in Earthly Goods: Environmental Change and Social Justice, ed F Hampson and J Reppy (Ithaca: Cornell UP 1996) 198-220

'Nature's advocates: putting science to work in environmental organizations' in Misunderstanding Science, ed A Irwin and B Wynne (Cambridge: CUP, 1996) 172-90

'Environmental attitudes in Northern Ireland' in Social Attitudes in Northern Ireland: The Fourth Report 1994-1995, ed R Breen, P Devine and G Robinson (Belfast: Blackstaff 1995) 119-141

'UK environmental policy and the politics of the environment in Northern Ireland in the 1990s' in UK Environmental Policy in the 1990s, ed T Gray (Basingstoke: Macmillan 1995) 85-100

'Contemporary sociology in Britain', in International Handbook of Contemporary Developments in Sociology, ed R P Mohan and A S Wilke (Westport, Conn: Greenwood 1995) 44-63

'The social shaping of the environmental movement in Ireland', in Irish Society: Sociological Perspectives, ed P Clancy et al (Dublin: Institute of Public Administration 1995) 652-74

'The transnational politics of the environment' in A Global World? Re-ordering Political Space, ed J Anderson et al (Oxford: OUP 1995) 209-47

with J Forrester, 'Figuring out sustainability in the UK context' in Contemporary Political Studies 1995, Vol. I, ed J Lovenduski and J Stanyer (Belfast, Political Studies Association 1995) 233-40

'Dirty connections: transnational pollution' in A Shrinking World?, ed C Hamnett and J Allen (Oxford: OUP 1995) 143-81

'The environmental challenge to science studies', in Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, ed S Jasanoff, G E Markle, J C Petersen and T Pinch (London: Sage 1995) 457-79

'Social movements and environmental change', in Social Theory and the Global Environment, ed M Redclift and T Benton (London: Routledge 1994) 150-68

'Standing in for nature: the practicalities of environmental organizations' use of science', in Environmentalism: the View from Anthropology, ed K Milton (London: Routledge 1993) 59-72

'A sociologia do conhecimento e a sociologia da comunidade científica', in Comunidade Científica e Poder, ed M E Gonçalves (Lisbon: FEPASC 1993) 29-36

'Environmental challenges' in Modernity and its Futures, ed S Hall et al (Cambridge: Polity 1992) 117-67

with H M Collins, 'Journey into space: on epistemological evasions' in Science as Practice and Culture, ed A Pickering (Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1992) 369-89

with H M Collins, 'Epistemological chicken' in Science as Practice and Culture, ed A Pickering (Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1992) 301-26

'Action in conservation', in Wildlife Factfile Yearbook 1992, ed J Elphick et al (London: International Masters 1991) 142-49

with S Bruce, 'The social construction of tradition: the Restoration portraits and the Kings of Scotland', in The Making of Scotland, ed D McCrone et al (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP 1989) 175-88

'Representing geology: Davy's presentation of science at the Royal Institution', in Sociology of the Sciences Yearbook IX, ed R Whitley & T Shinn (Dordrecht: Reidel 1985) 79-101

with M Mulkay & J Potter, 'Why an analysis of scientific discourse is needed', in Science Observed, ed K Knorr-Cetina & M Mulkay (London: Sage 1983) 171-203

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