Of big hegemonies and little tigers: Ecocentrism and environmental justice

Kopnina, Helen (2016) Of big hegemonies and little tigers: Ecocentrism and environmental justice. The Journal of Environmental Education, 47 (2). pp. 139-150. ISSN 0095-8964

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Stefan Bengtsson's commentary about policy hegemony discusses the alternative discourses of socialism, nationalism, and globalism. However, Stefan does not adequately demonstrate how these discourses can overcome the Dominant Western Worldview (DWW), which is imbued with anthropocentrism. It will be argued here that most policy choices promoting sustainability, and education for it, are made within a predetermined system in which the already limiting notion of environmental protection is highly contingent on human welfare. What would really contest the dominant assumptions of Vietnamese policy and, more specifically, education for sustainable development (ESD) is an alternative discourse that challenges the DWW. That alternative discourse embraces philosophical ecocentrism and practices of ecological justice between all species, and deep ecology theory - all perspectives fundamentally committed to environmental protection.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anthropocentrism; environmental education; education for sustainable development
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
L600 Anthropology
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2021 13:39
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2021 13:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47327

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