Related to Items’ recent series on “Just Environments,” Kasia Paprocki and her colleagues discuss how what they call critical social science can be engaged in the study of and the response to climate change. In practice, this means being attuned to the potential tensions and complementarities between social knowledge production about and social action on behalf of addressing climate change and the inequalities it can deepen or transform. Drawing on their own and others’ research, the authors call attention to the “entanglement” of environmental issues with a host of other ones, the deployment of climate-friendly language for self-interested political purposes, and the importance of context in imagining movements for climate justice.
Rebecca Elliott is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She joined LSE in 2016 after receiving her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests span economic sociology, political sociology, environmental sociology, and knowledge production and science studies. She is particularly interested in how the environmental impacts of climate change are confronted as economic problems. Her current book project, under contract with Columbia University Press, is a multimethod study of the economic and political governance of climate change. Her work has been supported by the ACLS/Mellon Foundation and Phi Beta Kappa and has received awards from the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Her writing has been published in the European Journal of Sociology, the British Journal of Sociology, Politics & Society, the New York Times, and Harper’s Monthly, among other outlets. @RebsFE.