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ERIC Number: EJ1148567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0095-8964
Connection with Nature Is an Oxymoron: A Political Ecology of "Nature-Deficit Disorder"
Fletcher, Robert
Journal of Environmental Education, v48 n4 p226-233 2017
It has become commonplace to argue that greater "connection with nature" is needed to mobilize support for both biodiversity conservation and environmentalism generally, and hence to call for more effective environmental education to achieve this. I employ a political ecology lens to problematize this increasingly conventional wisdom by highlighting the ways in which a sense of separation from "nature" is in fact paradoxically reinforced by the very environmental education and related practices employed to overcome it. In response, I call for greater interrogation of the concept of "nature" as well as the political-economic structures driving environmental degradation.
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Language: English
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