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ERIC Number: EJ1044169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0814-0626
Consuming Passions: Educating the Empty Self
Hillcoat, John; van Rensburg, Eureta Janse
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v30 n1 p88-95 Jul 2014
The paper considers the connections between the environmental crisis and patterns of consumption in the Western, and Westernised, worlds. These patterns are named as "malconsumption", a concept which is defined and then discussed in terms of its importance to the work of environmental educators. Malconsumption as a means of "meaning-making" and of countering "the empty self", and as a consequence of the activities of the advertising and other industries is explained. The paper closes with a summary of the orientation and activities associated with the practice of permaculture, and a proposition that a consideration of this practice in environmental education might contribute to a countering of the drive towards malconsumption.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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