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Reviewed by Christine Oka, Research & Instruction Services, Northeastern University Libraries, Boston, MA
New in 2015, Environmental Sociology is an interdisciplinary academic journal published quarterly by Routledge with the aim to “stretch the conceptual and theoretical boundaries of both environmental and mainstream sociology, to highlight the relevance of sociology research for environmental policy and management, to disseminate the results of sociological research, and to engage in productive dialogue and debate with other disciplines in the social, natural and ecological sciences.” In fact, contributions may consist of theories covering, but not restricted to, critical theory, cultural sociology, environmental justice, political ecology, post-colonial studies, globalization, and much more. Topics of interest range from biodiversity; climate change; ecological citizenship and practices; environmental controversies; social movements; food, agriculture and the environment; water management to population and environmental change, etc.
Articles in the first issues reflect this diversity. In “The lie of the lion: racialization of nature in the safari souvenir,” the author draws from archival research, ethnographic fieldwork and interviews to show how nature is racialized “through the lens of racial difference. . . with wide implications not only for perceptions of the African landscape and people, but for notions of notions of whiteness as well.” The symbolism of the Maasai souvenir, the lion’s tooth necklace, “solidified time by recalling the colonial past and tying it to the tourist present.” Another article studies “Climate governance in the post-industrial city: the urban side of ecological modernisation” looking at the “growing global phenomenon of cities’ involvement in climate governance.” Information provided with each article on the table of contents page includes the usual links to Abstract, References, Related Articles. A helpful feature right on the table of contents page is Article Views. Then there is CrossMark, an identification service from CrossRef, which provides the latest corrections and updates to articles with a click on the link. All corrections, revisions, even retractions, are included, along with additional publication record information.
Is this an open access journal? Not for libraries or individual readers. Environmental Sociology participates in the Routledge Open Select program, making it what they call a “hybrid open access journal.” An author may choose to publish in the journal and pay a fee, the APC (article publishing charge), to make the article freely available online. Another option is Green open access which permits posting of an accepted version of an article on a personal or departmental website or in a repository, after peer review. Authors do not have to pay a fee, but are not allowed to post the final published article freely online.