Climate change: what role for sociology? A response to Constance Lever-Tracy

Reiner Grundmann, Nico Stehr

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In a previous issue of this journal, Constance Lever-Tracy called on sociologists to become more involved in the debates about anthropogenic climate change. In this response to her article, the authors support her general argument but query four of her tenets: (1) they see other reasons for the lack of interest in climate change among sociologists; (2) they argue that the true challenge to climate change research is interdisciplinarity (as opposed to multidisciplinarity); (3) they emphasize the virtues of constructivism; and (4), while Lever-Tracy argues that climate change should be at the heart of the discipline, in the authorsâ view, unless this is to be mere wishful thinking, there is a need to carefully consider the prospects of such an enterprise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)897-910
Number of pages14
JournalCurrent Sociology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • climate change
  • constructivism
  • interdisciplinarity
  • scientific methodology


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