Frederick H. Buttel

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Frederick H. Buttel
Born(1948-10-15)October 15, 1948
DiedJanuary 14, 2005(2005-01-14) (aged 56)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Spouse(s)Pamela Clinkenbeard
Scientific career
FieldsSociology (agriculture, environment)
InstitutionsUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Cornell University
ThesisClass Conflict, Environmental Conflict, and the Environmental Movement: The Social Bases of Mass Environmental Beliefs, 1968–1974 (1975)

Frederick Howard Buttel (October 15, 1948, Freeport, Illinois – January 14, 2005, Madison, Wisconsin) was the William H. Sewell Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A prominent scholar of the sociology of agriculture, Buttel was well known also for his contributions to environmental sociology.

Early life[edit]

Buttel was "born on a dairy farm [in northwestern Illinois] to Heye R. and Marian (Highbarger) Buttel".[1] His father was a farmer, his mother a school teacher.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Buttel earned his B.S. (1970) and M.S. in Sociology (1972) degrees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, his master's degree in forestry and environmental studies at Yale University and his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Wisconsin.[2] Prior to returning as a faculty member to Wisconsin, he served as a member of the faculty at Michigan State University and Cornell University. At the latter, he directed the Biology and Society Program.

Buttel was editor of the journal, Research in Rural Sociology and Development,[3] and co-editor of Society & Natural Resources. Buttel was a scholar in rural sociology whose research focused on four major areas of study: the sociology of agriculture, environmental sociology, technological change in agriculture, and national and global activism relating to environmental and agricultural policies.[4][5][6]

Offices and awards[edit]


  • After his death, the Research Committee on Environment and Society (RC24) of the International Sociological Association established in his honor the Frederick H. Buttel International Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Environmental Sociology.[7][8]
  • Recognizing his contributions to the field, the Section on Environment and Technology of the American Sociological Association also renamed its Distinguished Contributions Award for him.
  • The endowed chair he held at the University of Wisconsin was renamed the Buttel-Sewell Professorship.[9]

Co-authored books[edit]

  • Rural Sociology of the Advanced Societies (1980)
  • Labor and the Environment (1984)
  • The Sociology of Agriculture (1990)
  • Toward a New Political Economy of Agriculture (1991)
  • Hungry for Profit: The Agribusiness Threat to Farmers, Food, and the Environment (2000)
  • Environment and Global Modernity (2000)
  • Environment, Energy, and Society: A New Synthesis (2001)
  • Sociological Theory and Environment (2002)
  • New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development, Volume 11 (2005)
  • Governing Environmental Flows: Global Challenges to Social Theory (2006)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Obituaries,", January 16, 2005. Accessed: June 17, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Memorial Resolution of the Faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison: On the Death of Professor Frederick H. Buttell", April 4, 2005. Accessed: June 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Sociological Research Online, "Contributors to Volume 4, Number 3", 1999. Archived 2008-05-06 at the Wayback Machine Accessed: June 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "UW–Madison Rural Sociologist Fred Buttel Dead at 56", College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin, January 19, 2005.
  5. ^ "Obituary: Frederick H. Buttel". Cornell Chronicle. February 24, 2005.
  6. ^ "From the editor". Agriculture and Human Values. 22 (3): 265. 2005. doi:10.1007/s10460-005-6039-z. S2CID 207078770.. Includes "Remembering Fred Buttel" by Lawrence Busch, Richard Haynes, Jack R. Kloppenberg Jr, Daniel Lee Kleinman, and Laura B. DeLind.
  7. ^ "Frederick H. Buttel International Award" Archived 2012-12-19 at the Wayback Machine. International Sociological Association.
  8. ^ (Summer 2005). "Fred Buttel Remembrance" (PDF; requires Adobe Acrobat). Environment, Technology, and Society: Newsletter of the Section on Environment and Technology of the American Sociological Association. p.1.
  9. ^ [dead link]"Daniel Kleinman's curriculum vitae"[permanent dead link].

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