basic premise : ch.1, p.4

back to chapter one, and an attempt to boil my central argument down to a single paragraph/sentence…



Sociologists respond to the question broadly by asserting that people define reality through the prism of cultural meanings readily available to them in their everyday lives. Individuals’ capacity for the agency to perceive reality is shaped by the cultural significance of their structural positions in society, including material conditions that influence life chances, opportunities, and lifestyles. Perceptions of ecological conditions are further complicated by their ambiguous nature and susceptibility to conflicting interpretations. I contend that the human perception of ecological conditions is contingent on the interaction of the individual’s understanding of biophysical properties and the social and cultural forces impinging on that understanding.”

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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