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ERIC Number: EJ882705
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Moral Spaces, the Struggle for an Intergenerational Environmental Ethics and the Social Ecology of Families: An "Other" Form of Environmental Education
Payne, Phillip G.
Environmental Education Research, v16 n2 p209-231 Apr 2010
"Green families" in Australia were studied so as to shed light on how a more durable, everyday environmental ethic and ecopolitic might slowly be enacted in the intimacy of the home "place" over an extended period of time in rapidly changing socio-cultural-ecological conditions. Of particular interest to this study of the green household, or "postmodern oikos", was how its proximal "moral spaces" have been nurtured intergenerationally by family members from within the broader global climate of what Zygmunt Bauman refers to as the 'moral lag' of postmodernity. Three layers of interpretive findings about the social ecology and family dynamics of this "oikos" are presented in an effort to provide detailed understandings about families' eco "being", "dwelling" and "becoming". Implications for education for the environment can be gleaned from the "best" ecopedagogical practices found in the home that are "other" than those occurring in the formal education sector. This study adds to the theorizations of "social ecology", "experiential education", "ecopedagogy" and, more generally, the notion of an everyday "ecocentrism", while providing some clues for how environmental education in schools might mirror pedagogical aspects of the "postmodern oikos". (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia