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Political emotions in environmental and sustainability education
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0327-9989
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9876-6255
2019 (English)In: Sustainable Development Teaching: Ethical and Political Challenges / [ed] Katrien Van Poeck, Leif Östman and Johan Öhman, Milton Park and New York, NY, USA: Routledge, 2019, p. 234-242Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Environmental and sustainability education (ESE) has a political dimension and is intertwined with questions of emotions and conflicts. When discussing sustainability issues in the classroom, heated emotions and conflicts between students can arise. But discussions about sustainability issues can also lack both engagement and emotional involvement from the students, even when the teacher brings up what s/he thinks is a burning sustainability issue. A crucial question is then how to approach emotions in ESE in a non-instrumental way and where the political dimension of emotions can be put to the fore. This chapter outlines two strategies to teach with and through political emotions in environmental and sustainability education. The first strategy is simplification, which simplifies the complexity and the conflictual aspect of sustainability issues. When a classroom discussion is characterised by an emotional indifference or a lack of engagement, simplification is a strategy to approach this indifference. The second strategy is circulation, which is a way to maintain the intensity of emotions, or to (re)orientate them toward other objects and issues. When emotions run high in a discussion, circulation is a strategy to approach these emotions as productive elements of a vibrant environmental and sustainability education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Milton Park and New York, NY, USA: Routledge, 2019. p. 234-242
Series
Routledge studies in sustainability
Keywords [en]
Sustainable development, teaching, emotions, political dimension, simplification, circulation, conflict, consensus, Sara Ahmed, Chantal Mouffe
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Pedagogy
Research subject
Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-74718ISBN: 9780815357537 (print)ISBN: 9781351124348 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-74718DiVA, id: diva2:1328045
Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2019-06-26Bibliographically approved

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