1. Society matters
2. Building scientific models of distant futures
3. The new catastrophism
4. High carbon lives
5. Around the world in 80 hours
7. Governing catastrophes
8. Innovating low carbon lives
9. Alternative future societies
10. A manifesto for bringing society into climate change
American Journal of Sociology
"A must read for those interested in or working on climate change research and policy making."
"Deftly drawing together a wide range of materials from Hollywood cinema to the complexity sciences, Urry's analysis combines sobering warnings about potential impending catastrophes, with hints at reasons for optimism about the possible emergence of innovative low carbon lifestyles ... a well-argued, detailed example of what sociologists can do when they turn their attention to climate change."
"As debates rage in the UK on the efficiency of wind farms or whether fracking should be given the green light, this book is a timely reminder of how human reliance on the convenience of oil is irrefutably unsustainable."
LSE Review of Books
"Urry's sociological adventures in carbon provide something more."
People, Place & Policy
"A tour de force! Urry shows the centrality of the social - both to comprehend the meaning of the carbon catastrophe that besets us and, thereby, to discover the possibility of a post-carbon society. Essential reading for all."
Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
"Climate change will affect more than the environment. It will change social institutions as well. In addition to economic science and to the environmental sciences, John Urry gives us insights from the social sciences. It is urgent that we pay attention."
David Stark, Columbia University, author of The Sense of Dissonance: Accounts of Worth in Economic Life
- This is the first book to develop a proper sociology of climate change and will be an excellent companion to Tony Giddens’ The Politics of Climate Change.
- It could become a key text in what is certain to become an increasingly important part of the teaching curriculum in sociology and politics it will also be widely used in environmental studies courses.
- This also has the potential to reach a wider general readership as well, as with After the Car.
- John Urry is one of the leading sociologists in the UK and his books are well-known and very successful.