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Critical Realism, Environmental Learning and Social-Ecological Change (Hardcover)
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Southern Africa, where most of these book chapters originate, has been identified as one of regions of the world most at risk of the consequences of environmental degradation and climate change. At the same time, it is still seeking ways to overcome the century long ravages of colonial and apartheid impositions of structural and epistemic violence. Research deliberations and applied research case studies in environmental education and activism from this region provide an emerging contextualized engagement that is related to a wider internationally articulated quest to achieve social-ecological justice, resilience and sustainability through educational interventions.
This book introduces a decade of mainly southern African critical realist environmental education research and thinking that asks the question: "How can we facilitate learning processes that will lead to the flourishing of the Earth’s people and ecosystems in more socially just ways?" The environmental education research topics represented in this book are wide-ranging. However, they all exhibit the common theme of social justice and wanting to create change towards a better future. All the authors have used critical realist or critical realist-influenced research methodologies. Offering contributions from a small but growing community of researchers working with critical realism in the global South, this book will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners in the areas of environmental education, sustainability, development and the philosophy of critical realism in general.
The contemporary social-ecological condition is characterized by powerful changes in the way that we relate to each other and to the environment. The field of environmental education has been engaging with these ideas for some time, but with significant difficulties due to underlying commitments to untenable philosophical positions. However, critical realism offers possibilities that promise to overcome these difficulties and this book documents researchers? exploration of such potential.
Southern and east Africa have been identified as regions of the world most at risk of the consequences of environmental degradation and therefore case studies from these regions provide a pertinent backdrop to the quest to achieve social-ecological resilience and sustainability through educational interventions. Critical Realism, Environmental Learning and Social-Ecological Change therefore introduces a decade of southern and east African critical realist environmental education research and thinking that asks the question: ?How we can facilitate learning processes that will lead to the flourishing of the Earth?s people and ecosystems??
This book will attract academics in the field of environmental education and education for sustainable development, professionals working in a development context, policy makers with an educational or environmental mandate and people who are interested in the practical application of the principles of critical realism.