ERIC Number: EJ1051369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Alaskan Salmon and Gen R: Hunting, Fishing to Cultivate Ecological Mindfulness
Mueller, Michael P.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v10 n1 p109-119 Mar 2015
Can mining and fisheries co-exist in Bristol Bay, Alaska? To delve into this interesting tension, I expand on Clay Pierce's (this special issue) thoughtful analysis of genetically modified salmon and AquaBounty Technologies, where he explores actor-network theory in relation to scientific literacy and schooling. Further, my essay explores the idea of embodied knowledge as paramount to the next generation of youth engaged with scientific literacy. I demonstrate the problems associated with using hegemonic science to normalize biocapitalism and the subjugated knowledges in relation. Ultimately, I provide justifications for strengthening an ecologically mindful scientific literacy, working towards what might be called "Neptunian democracy" in science education, including salmon and other nonhuman actors as integral for youth wrestling with ecojustice issues. To do this, I highlight the significance of renewing fishing, hunting, and salmon eating. These things ought to become an intimate characteristic of the imagined literacy of the next generation of youth (what I've been calling Generation R for responsibility).
Descriptors: Science Education, Scientific Literacy, Ecology, Ichthyology, Biotechnology, Environmental Education, Conservation (Environment), Youth Opportunities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska