The readings are organized into five groupings. "Native Voices" explores indigenous perspectives on nature. "Spiritual Voices" examines how religion influences ways in which people interact with the natural environment. "Voices from Early American Environmental Movements" contrasts Transcendentalist's view of the divine in humans and nature with that of those who favored expansion while discounting its costs. "Voices from Scientists, Scholars, and Intellectuals" confronts the inherent conflict between development and the natural world. "Global Voices" explores issues such as water quality and sustainable development.
Featuring diverse selections such as the Bible, the works of Thoreau and Emerson, stories from the Iroquois and Cherokee nations, and the Nobel Laureate acceptance speech of Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai, Rise of Environmental Consciousness is ideal for courses in environmental sociology or environmental science.
Dr. Beth S. Caniglia is associate professor of sociology at Oklahoma State University where her research focuses on social movements, organizations, and policy-making related to the environmental movement.
Dr. Thomas J. Burns is professor in the Department of Sociology and active in the Religious Studies and Environmental Studies Programs at the University of Oklahoma. His research focuses on issues related to religion and other institutions, and ecological sustainability.
Rachel M. Gurney is a Ph.D. candidate at Oklahoma State University. She is particularly interested in social factors influencing wildlife conservation and management.
Erik L. Bond is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Oklahoma, where his research interests include globalization and environmental sociology."