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ERIC Number: EJ738308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Teaching Urban Ecology: Environmental Studies and the Pedagogy of Intersectionality
Di Chiro, Giovanna
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v16 n2 p98-109 2006
Despite the recognition by early champions of the environmental movement in the United States that humans and the diverse ecosystems in which they live are indivisible, many environmental education policies and programs have tended to uphold the categorical distinction between "nature" and "culture" (e.g., Sessions; Soule and Press). In the late 1960s, Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" introduced the concept of "ecological interdependence," conceptualizing humans as part of rather than distinct from nature. Despite this, many environmental studies programs leave it to the individual student to do the work of imagining the interdisciplinary connections. In this essay, the author discusses how to use the feminist concept of "intersectionality" when teaching Urban Ecology, an environmental studies course that strives to put into practice the environmental justice activists' emphasis on the "interdependence" of human health, ecological integrity, and social justice. (Contains 9 notes and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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