Fields of Green: Restorying Culture, Environment, and Education (McKenzie, Hart, Bai, Jickling)
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Title: Fields of Green
Sub-title: Restorying Culture, Environment, and Education
Editor(s): Marcia McKenzie, Paul Hart, Heesoon Bai, and Bob Jickling
Publish Date: April 2009
|“This is a delicious volume that joins daydreams and nightmares; composing liberatory education and interrogating environmental crises; where theory and affect snuggle; poetry and critical theory embrace; where flowers grow among trauma. In this volume the notion of a field grows rich, colorful, and generative; refusing to be disciplined, constrained, and bounded. What a relief.”|
~Michelle Fine, The Graduate Center at the City University of New York
”Here is a luminous anthology of insights and dreams from many of the liveliest thinkers in environmental education—a necessary compendium for tools, both poetic and practical, for the transformation of culture.”
~David Abram, author of the Spell of the Sensuous
“This is a “must read” book that helps us to find our own story for animating ecological and social justice in and through education.”
~Marie Battiste, University of Saskatchewan
“The issues raised by these timely—and urgent— essays speaks to both the historical moment and the future of life on this planet. This is an important book and I highly recommend it.”
~Peter McLaren, University of California, Los Angeles
This book is about hopeful daydreams and their implications for action in the interwoven spheres of culture, environment, and education. In spite and because of the recent significant shift in concern for the environment around the globe, the editors believe there remains the urgent task of restorying the ways we live on this earth. Cultural understandings that value the individual over the collective, humans over other species, concept over experience, and progress as globalizing growth and change, are examples of the sorts of imaginaries that can be traced in the ecological and cultural losses we are currently experiencing and participating in around the world.
This collection works across various fields of green, drawing together poetry, philosophy, journalism, sociology, curriculum studies, indigenous scholarship, feminist and social justice work, environmental ethics, and a range of other fields of inquiry and practice. Individually and cumulatively, the contributors search for, theorize, and practice approaches that probe education as an endeavor that imperfectly, yet hopefully, walks the blurred line between cultural determinism and resistance.
Contents: Introduction: Educational Fields and Cultural Imagination, Marcia McKenzie, Paul Hart, Heeson Bai and Bob Jickling. Primer: Alphabet for the New Republic, Rishma Dunlop. COMPLICATED CONVERSATIONS. Becoming Transnational: Rhizosemiosis, Complicated Conversation, and Curriculum Inquiry, Noel Gough. Three “Big Ideas” and Environmental Education, Sean Blenkinsop and Kieran Egan. The Impossible Identity of Environmental Education: Dissemination and Emptiness, Edgard Gonzales-Gaudiano and Rosa Nidia Buenfil-Burgos. Playful Musement: Considering the Role of Optimism in Transformative Praxis for Environmental Education, Leigh Price. THE SENSUOUS. Coyote and Raven Talk about the Land/scapes, Patricia O’Riley and Peter Cole. Re-animating the Universe: Environmental Education and Philosophical Animism, Heesoon Bai. Birding Lessons and the Teachings of Cicadas, David Jardine. Sitting on an Old Grey Stone: Meditations on Emotional Understanding, Bob Jickling. Education, Sustainability, and the Metaphysics of Nature, Michael Bonnett. WAVES, HYBRIDS, AND NETWORKS. Remembering our (Re) Source: Eastern Meditations on Witnessing the Integrity of Water, Claudia Eppert. Pedagogical Transgressions: Towards Intersubjective Agency and Action, Marcia McKenzie. Feral Sociality and (Un)Natural Histories: On Nomadic Ethics and Embodied Learning, Leesa Fawcett. Network Logic: An Ecological Approach to Knowledge and Learning, Michael A. Peters and Daniel Araya. Educating for “Collaborative Intelligence”: Revitalizing the Cultural and Ecological Commons in Detroit, Rebecca A. Martusewicz. GEOGRAPHIES AND PLACE-MAKING. Place: The Nexus of Geography and Culture, David A. Gruenewald. “My father was told to talk to the environment first before anything else”: Arctic Environmental Education in the Land of the Dead, Derek Rasmussen and Tommy Akulukjuk. The Place of the City in Environmental Education, Milton McClaren. Postmodern Oikos, Phillip Payne. Being Here Together, Lucie Sauve. Gardom Lake to Tatamagouche: Climate Change, the WTO, and a Community Land Trust, Yuill Herbert. The Tasks Ahead (Conclusion), Marcia McKenzie, Paul Hart, Heeson Bai and Bob Jickling. About the Contributors. Author Index. Subject Index.