The environment/society disconnect: An overview of a concept tetrad of environment

Barry, Clayton (2010) The environment/society disconnect: An overview of a concept tetrad of environment. The Journal of Environmental Education, 41 2: 116-132. doi:10.1080/00958960903295241

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Author Barry, Clayton
Title The environment/society disconnect: An overview of a concept tetrad of environment
Journal name The Journal of Environmental Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0095-8964
Publication date 2010
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00958960903295241
Volume 41
Issue 2
Start page 116
End page 132
Total pages 17
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.
Publisher Taylor & Francis Group
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract In the Western world, a paradigm exists that sees environment treated as one extreme of an adversarial binary, balanced in opposition to society. This paradigm, which I call the environment/society disconnect, infiltrates the secondary school system, leading to serious deficiencies in how students understand the social dimensions of environmental problems. The environment/society disconnect has been imagined and re-imagined by various philosophers, ethicists, historians, ecofeminists, and environmental educators. This essay contends that there are four interconnecting, overlapping, and reinforcing views of environment that maintain the environment/society disconnect. Together these views form a concept tetrad of environment. The concept tetrad of environment provides educators with a neat, if general, typology to explain the historical and cultural roots of our thinking on environment. Copyright Taylor & Francis Inc. 2010
Keyword Concept tetrad of environment
Environment/society disconnect
Views of nature
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