Politicising ESE in postcolonial settings: the power of historical responsibility, action and ethnography.
Environmental education research
Taylor & Francis
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Sutoris, P. (2019). Politicising ESE in postcolonial settings: the power of historical responsibility, action and ethnography.. Environmental education research, 25 (4), 601-612. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2019.1569204
This article argues that the mission of Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) is inherently political and that, by not acknowledging this, ESE interventions risk becoming part of the problem of sustainability rather than the solution. The paper offers a theoretical framework for thinking about the (de)politicising effects of ESE rooted in three key elements: historical responsibility, action and the postcolonial condition. This framework builds on Ricœur’s phenomenology, Arendt’s theory of action and the work of postcolonial scholars in arguing for a grounded understanding of ESE, which necessitates the use of ethnographic methods in ESE research.
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2019.1569204
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/288716
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