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ERIC Number: EJ786799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
From Academic Imperialism to the Civil Commons: Institutional Possibilities for Responding to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development
Sumner, Jennifer
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v39 n1 p77-94 Jan 2008
The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development signals an unparalleled opportunity to link education with sustainability. But in the age of corporate globalization, will education bow to the external pressures that have always sought to subordinate it to vested interests, or will it reach beyond these narrow confines to the larger interests of the public good? The answer to this question rests with our understanding of sustainable development. A contested term, sustainable development can mean business as usual in a highly corporatized world or it can mean promoting the civil commons--co-operative human constructions that protect and/or enable universal access to life goods. The former understanding includes academic imperialism--capital accumulation on a world scale through academic means. The latter understanding includes the deep co-operation inherent in the civil commons, which leads not only to truly sustainable development, but also to sustainable globalization.
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Language: English
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