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ERIC Number: EJ1054756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
The Promise and Peril of the State in Neoliberal Times: Implications for the Critical Environmental Education Movement in Brazil
Stahelin, Nicolas; Accioly, Inny; Sánchez, Celso
Environmental Education Research, v21 n3 p433-446 2015
Neoliberal ideology has made an impact on environmental education (EE) policies and practices in Brazil. The EE in Family Agriculture Program, of national scope and administered by the Ministry of the Environment, seeks to promote sustainable development in rural areas, specifically through strategies focused on adult education and non-formal education aimed at small producers (family agriculture). This program reveals profound ideological contradictions between the critical and transformative rhetoric of public policy and the actual program structures and practices administered by the state in a dependent economy, which primarily serve to reinforce a capitalist mode of production marked by high environmental impact and deeply stratified class relations. In the neoliberal era, states intending to protect the environment through critical EE strategies suffer serious limitations due to their role as stewards of a globalized economy based on the supply of raw materials, high-impact land-use, and a cheap labor force.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil
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