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TitleThe Eco-Certified Child [electronic resource] : Citizenship and Education for Sustainability and Environment / by Malin Ideland
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Pivot, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XXXI, 162 p. online resource


While few could dispute the need for Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) for children and young people, this book analyses the problems inherent in this educational practice. Despite good intentions, the author highlights how ESE can in fact contribute to a (re)production of harmful norms and possible subjectivities by categorizing various groups as ‘threats’ to the environment. The author analyzes how these categorizations are entangled in historical discourses on social class, nationality and race, thus resulting in double gestures of inclusion and exclusion. Even as sustainability and environmental engagement becomes a treasured identity for the affluent, the author highlights that despite the best of intentions, the discourse of ESE can reinforce positions of suborder and superiority, which could even impede real change in the long run. This illuminating book will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners of sustainability education. Malin Ideland is Professor of Educational Sciences at the Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Sweden. Specializing in ethnology, her research interests centre around the discourse of environmental and sustainability education


Chapter 1. Making the Other through good intentions -- Chapter 2. Free-range children -- Chapter 3. Eco-certified energy -- Chapter 4. Locally grown -- Chapter 5. Natural - with no artificial additives -- Chapter 6. Eco-certified children and irresponsible adults

Environmental education Early childhood education Environmental and Sustainability Education. Childhood Adolescence and Society. Early Childhood Education.


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