Allan Schnaiberg Professor Emeritus

Area(s) of Interest:  Environmental Sociology, Economy and Society, Family

Biography

August 20, 1939 - June 6, 2009

Schnaiberg was the author of a large number of scholarly articles and books on topics ranging from globalization and the environment to labor and social inequality. He was a founder of the field of environmental sociology, generating a Treadmill of Production framework for understanding environmental degradation and authoring a seminal 1980 book The Environment: From Surplus to Scarcity.

Publications

Citations to Works Listed

2008

The Treadmill of Production: Injustice and Unsustainability in the Global Economy. [with Ken Gould and David Pellow].   Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

“Labor productivity”. In Ken Gould & Tammy Lewis, 20 Lessons in Environmental

Sociology. Oxford University Press.

2006

“Contradicoes nos futuros impactos socioambmientais orlundos da nanotecnologia”,  Pp. 80-86 in Paulo Martins, editor,  Nantecnologia sociedade e meio ambiente.  Sao Paulo, Brazil:  Xamo.

2005

“Mentoring Graduate Students: Going Beyond The Formal Role Structure”. The American Sociologist  36 (2) Summer: 28-42.

2004

"The Economy and the Environment”. Pp. 703-726 in The Handbook of Economic Sociology, edited by Neil Smelser and Richard Swedberg. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

"Interrogating The Treadmill Of Production: Everything You Wanted To Know About The Treadmill, But Were Afraid To Ask."  Organization & Environment 17: 296-316. [with Ken Gould & David Pellow]

2003

The Environment: From Surplus to Scarcity.  New York: Oxford University Press. PDF version.

“The Treadmill of Production and the Environmental State”.  Reprinted in Craig Humphrey, Frederick Buttel, & Tammy Lewis (editors), Environment, Energy, and Society: Exemplary Works.  Wadsworth.

“The Environmental Justice Movement: Equitable Allocation of the Costs and Benefits of Environmental Management Outcomes.”  Social Justice Research.14:423-439. [with D.N. Pellow and A.S. Weinberg]

2002

“Reflections on My 25 Years Before the Mast of the Environment and Technology Section.”  Organization and Environment, 15 (1) 30-41.

“The Treadmill of Production and the Environmental State”.  Pp. 15-32 in Arthur Mol and Fred Buttel, eds., The Environmental State Under Pressure.  Kidington, Oxford, UK: Elsevier Publishing). [with D.N. Pellow and A.S. Weinberg].

"Globalization and energy policy: The critical role of the state and its constituencies." Working Paper WP 02-12, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208. [with Adam Weinberg]

2001     

"American Studies: Environment”.   Volume 1, pp. 444-447 in Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes (eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Kidington, Oxford, UK:  Elsevier Science).

“Environmental movements since Love Canal: Hope, despair & [im]mobilization?",  Buffalo Environmental Law Journal.

"Markets and politics in urban recycling: A tale of two cities."  Working Paper 01-13, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University.

2000

Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development. Princeton University Press [with A.S. Weinberg and D.N.Pellow]

"Putting the ecological modernization thesis to the test: The promises and performance of urban recycling." Pp. 109-137 in Arthur P.J. Mol and David A. Sonnenfeld, editors.  Ecological Modernization Around the World: Perspectives and Critical Debates.  Ilford(UK) & Portland, OR.:  Frank Cass & Co. [with A.S. Weinberg & D.N. Pellow]

Environment and Society: The Enduring Conflict.  [November] New York: St. Martin's Press. [with Kenneth Gould] Reprinted with a new Introduction. West Caldwell, NJ: Blackburn Press.

1999

"The two faces of professional discretion: a vision from the client's bed." Pp.235-249 in Qualitative Sociology as Everyday Life,  edited by  Barry Glassner & Rosanna Hertz.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Kankyou To Shakai.  Kyoto: Mineruva Publishing Company.  Translation of Energy and Society by Hisayoshi Mitsuda,. [with Ken Gould]

1998     

"Politizando la rueda de produccion: Los programmas de reciclaje de residuos solidas en Estados Unidos. Revista Internacional de SociologÃa,  19-20 (January-August): 181-222,
[with D.N. Pellow and A.S. Weinberg.]

1997

"Sustainable development and the treadmill of production."  Pp. 72-88 in Susan Baker et al., editors, The Politics of Sustainable Development: Theory, Policy and Practice within the European Union.  London & New York: Routledge Press.

"Paradoxes and contradictions:  A contextual framework for 'how I learned to suspect recycling'".  Humanity and Society  21 (3): 223-239.

"Infrastructures & Relationships In Urban Environmental Protection: A Tale Of Two Cities" (with David N. Pellow & Adam S. Weinberg).  Working paper, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University.  Evanston, IL.

"Politicizing the treadmill of production: reshaping social outcomes of 'efficient' recycling." (with David N. Pellow & Adam S. Weinberg).  Working paper, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University.  Evanston, IL.

1996

Local Environmental Struggles:  Citizen Activism in the Treadmill of Production [with A.S. Weinberg & K.A. Gould]. New York: Cambridge University Press.

"Sustainable development as a sociologically defensible concept: From foxes and rovers to citizens."  Advances in Human Ecology, (Spring 1996)  edited by Lee Freese.  Volume 5: 261-302. JAI Press.  [with Adam Weinberg & David Pellow]

1995

"Pragmatic corporate cultures: Insights from a recycling enterprise." Greener Management International 12 (October): 95-110. [with David N. Pellow & Adam S. Weinberg]

"Plastic policies, prologue and parable: Reframing recycling."  Environment, Technology, and Society  77 (Fall 1994): 1, 3-4.

"Natural resource use in a transnational treadmill: International agreements, national citizenship practices, and sustainable development."  Humboldt Journal of Social Relations  21(1): 61-94 [with Kenneth A. Gould & Adam S.Weinberg].

"Recycling: conserving resources or accelerating the treadmill of production?" [with Adam S. Weinberg & Kenneth A. Gould].  Advances in Human Ecology, edited by Lee Freese. Volume 4: 173-205.  Greenwich, CT & London: JAI Press.

1994

"The political economy of environmental problems and policies: Consciousness, coordination, and control capacity."   Advances in Human Ecology, edited by Lee Freese. Volume 3: 23-64. Greenwich, CT & London: JAI Press.

"Canaries in the mine: Unheard or unsung?"  Review essay, Contemporary Sociology, volume 23 (4): 503-505.

Environment and Society: The Enduring Conflict. New York: St. Martin's Press. [with Kenneth Gould]

1993

Social Equity and Environmental Activism: Utopias, Dystopias and Incrementalism.  Editor, Special issue of Qualitative Sociology,  vol. 16, no.3 [Fall].

Contributions

"Introduction: Inequality once more, with (some) feeling". Pp. 203-207 and "Legitimating impotence: Pyrrhic victories of the modern environmental movement".[with K.A. Gould & A.S. Weinberg]. Pp. 207-246.

1992

"Lubricating conflict: The example of recycling oil."  Environment, Technology, & Society  69: 9 [with A. S. Weinberg].

"Oppositions."  Review essay, Science, March 20 1992: 1586-1587.

"Predictive genetic screening: Its potential role in medical underwriting."  Policy paper prepared for Blue Cross-Blue Shield Association, Chicago.  Final version, June 1992.

"The returning young adult: Guidelines for parents." Transitions: Associates in Psychotherapy,  Lincolnwood, IL, August, 1992. [with E. Harshbarger].

"Driver recruitment focus groups.". Advance Project Report #NU-1e.2-2, The Transportation Center, Northwestern University. [with J. Schofer]

"Recycling vs. remanufacturing: Redistributive realities."  Working paper WP-15, Center for Urban Affairs & Policy Research, Northwestern University, April.

"The recycling shell game: Multinational economic organization vs. local political ineffectuality."  Working paper WP-16, Center for Urban Affairs & Policy Research, Northwestern University, May.

1991

"Paradise gained or paradigm lost ? Some unkind cuts of social science."  Review essay, Contemporary Sociology 20 (1): 146-148.

1990

"Recycling policy [re]considered." Environment, Technology & Society  60  (Summer): 6-8

1989

"From empty nest to crowded nest: contradictions in the structure of returning young adults."  Social Problems 36(3):251-269 (with S. Goldenberg).

"Risk taking, cooperation and photovoltaics." (Comment on Etzkowitz), Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy, Fall, 1989:113.

1986

"Reflections on resistance to rural industrialization: newcomers' culture of  environmentalism."  Pp. 229-258 in Pamela D. Elkind-Savatsky, editor, Differential Social Impacts of Rural Resource Development.  Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Distributional Conflicts in Environmental-Resource Policy.  Aldershot, England: & Gower Press; New York: St. Martin's Press.  [Co-editor, with N. Watts & K. Zimmermann]

"The role of experts and mediators in the channeling of distributional conflict." Pp. 363-379 in A. Schnaiberg, N. Watts, and K. Zimmermann, editors, Distributional Conflicts in Environmental-Resource Policy.  Aldershot, England: Gower Press.

"Future trajectories of resource distributional conflicts: trends and projections." Pp. 435-444 in A. Schnaiberg, N. Watts, and K. Zimmermann, editors, Distributional Conflicts in Environmental-Resource Policy.  Aldershot, England: Gower Press.

1980

The Environment:From Surplus to Scarcity.  New York: Oxford University Press

Books and Articles

The Recycling Shell Game: Multinational Economic Organization vs. Local Political Ineffectuality

Recycling vs. Remanufacturing: Redistributive Realities

Legitimizing Impotence: Pyrrhic Victories of the Modern Environmental Movement

Social Equity and Environmental Activism: Utopias, Dystopias and Incrementalism

The Political Economy of Environmental Problems and Policies: Consciousness, Conflict, and Control Capacity

Plastic Policies, Prologue and Parable: Reframing Recycling

Pragmatic Corporate Cultures: Insights From a Recycling Enterprise

Sustainable Development As a Sociologically Defensible Concept: From Foxes and Rovers To Citizen-Workers

Politicizing the Treadmill of Production: Reshaping Social Outcomes of 'Efficient' Recycling

Paradoxes and Contradictions: A Contextual Framework For "How I Learned To Suspect Recycling"

Sustainable Development and the Treadmill of Production

Putting the Ecological Modernization Thesis To the Test: The Promises and Performance of Urban Recycling

Environmental Movements Since Love Canal: Hope, Despair and [Im]mobilization?

American Studies: Environment

Markets and Politics In Urban Recycling: A Tale of Two Cities

The Treadmill of Production and the Environmental State

Reflections On My 25 Years Before the Mast of the Environmental and Technology Section

The Environmental Justice Movement: Equitable Allocation of the Costs and Benefits of Environmental Management Outcomes

The Environment: From Surplus to Scarcity

Interrogating the Treadmill of Production: Everything You Wanted To Know About the Treadmill, But Were Afraid To Ask

The Economy and the Environment

Mentoring Graduate Students: Going Beyond the Formal Role Structure

Contradictions In Nano-Technology's Future Socio-Environmental Impacts

Labor Productivity