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Environment, Education and Society in the Asia-Pacific

Local Traditions and Global Discourses

Edited by John Fien, Helen Sykes, David Yencken

© 2004 – Routledge

360 pages

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This important book explores the interaction of global environmental discourses and local traditions and practices in twelve countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Based upon two parallel groups of studies, reviewing cultural influences in individual countries, and the attitudes of young people across the region, it has important implications for environmental policy and education.


'…Fascinating and important book…the quality of writing throughout is inspirational. This book should be read by all sixth form and university students - and certainly by those with planning or policy-making responsibilities, in South Asia or elsewhere.' - Tony Merritt, Geography, April 2001

'…an ambitious attempt to understand the influence of global environmental discourses and local traditions and practices in 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.' - Environmental Education Research, Vol.7, No.1, 2001

Table of Contents

Preface Rupert Maclean, UNESCO Office for Asia and the Pacific. Introduction David Yencken, John Fien and Helen Sykes 1. Attitudes to nature in the East and West David Yencken 2. The research David Yencken, John Fien and Helen Sykes 3. One country two perspectives: South China Philip Stimpson 4. Oya-Shima-Kuni: Japan Brendan Barrett, Osamu Abe, Eiichiro Harako and Satoshi Ichikawa 5. Living traditions: India M.J. Ravindranath and Usha Iyer-Raniga 6. Unity and Diversity: Southeast Asia Lily Kong with Irene Teh-Cheong Poh Ai, Panji Tisna, Purisima Remorin, Rapeepun Suwannatachote and Wisat Lee 7. Songlines and the Gondwanan inheritance: Australia David Yencken and John Fien 8. Voices from the South-West Pacific John Fien with Gewa Au, Paul Keown, Premila Kumar and Sereana Takivakatini 9. Environmental attitudes, knowledge and behaviour of young people in the Asia-Pacific region Helen Sykes, David Yencken, John Fien and Florence Choo 10. Young people and the environment: the implications for environmentalism David Yencken 11. Listening to the voices of youth: Implications for educational reform John Fien

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Asia-Pacific Studies

The Asia Pacific has seen great social, environmental and economic change. The region is now the focus of considerable attention by the academic community. This series brings together the best of the current research from right across the social sciences and humanities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography