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ERIC Number: EJ872076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 119
ISSN: ISSN-0095-8964
The Environment/Society Disconnect: An Overview of a Concept Tetrad of Environment
Barry, Clayton
Journal of Environmental Education, v41 n2 p116-132 2010
In the Western world, a paradigm exists that sees environment treated as one extreme of an adversarial binary, balanced in opposition to society. This paradigm, which I call the "environment/society disconnect," infiltrates the secondary school system, leading to serious deficiencies in how students understand the social dimensions of environmental problems. The environment/society disconnect has been imagined and re-imagined by various philosophers, ethicists, historians, ecofeminists, and environmental educators. This essay contends that there are four interconnecting, overlapping, and reinforcing views of environment that maintain the environment/society disconnect. Together these views form a "concept tetrad of environment." The concept tetrad of environment provides educators with a neat, if general, typology to explain the historical and cultural roots of our thinking on environment. (Contains 1 figure and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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