The end of the world and a promise of happiness : Environmental education within the cultural politics of emotions

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Title The end of the world and a promise of happiness : Environmental education within the cultural politics of emotions
Author Ideland, Malin
Editor Popkewitz, Thomas S. ; Diaz, Jennifer ; Kirchgasler, Christopher
Date 2017
English abstract
Education for sustainability and environment (ESE) is characterized by notions about securing the future for the world and for its inhabitants. Environmental problems are said to be solved through education and not at least through domesticating students’ emotions concerning environmental and sustainable issues. In a double gesture of including “everyone” in the sustainability project, borders are draw between appropriate and unproductive emotions. Cultural politics of emotion make up the environmentally friendly person, and respectively, the risky Other – the affect alien. The desirable student is the willing child; the one who engages in sustainability – not because s/he is told to do so, but because s/he wants to. The Other is the willful child, a cultural figure who operates as a frightening example of what happens to children not willing to adapt to common will. Another “productive” emotion is happiness; a cultural obligation to be positive. Willingness and happiness become boundary markers, delineating those who deal with societal problems in a reasonable way and those who deal with them unreasonably – by being sad or angry. These are the “killjoys” not conforming to the language of hope. Instead, they seem to threaten the future by their very presence.
Link https://www.routledge.com/A-Political-Sociology-of... (external link to publication)
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue A Political Sociology of Educational Knowledge : Studies of Exclusions and Difference
ISBN 978-1138694170
Pages 163-176
Language eng (iso)
Subject Environmental education
Sustainability education
education for sustainable development
education for sustainability and environment
emotion
the Other
affect alien
critical race studies
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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