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Sustainable and Democratic Education
Opening Spaces for Complexity, Subjectivity and the Future 

ISBN 9780367151027
Published December 21, 2020 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

In a world struggling with environmental and social problems resistant to current solutions, education needs to explore ways to ‘enlarge the space of the possible’ rather than only ‘replicate the existing possible’. To respond to this challenge, this book troubles dominant Western philosophical conceptions which continue to have wide-ranging influence in education worldwide and which limit more sustainable ways to be in the world together. It argues for the importance of opening spaces in and through which unique subjects can emerge, bringing potential for new ways of being and as yet unimagined futures.

The book makes a valuable contribution to international growing interest in Arendtian thinking, complexity and emergence, feminist thinking, the emerging field of anticipation studies, the posthuman and engagement with Indigenous scholarship and practices in ways which attempt to be non-appropriating. Sustainability continues to be a vital theme in education, and the book responds to a desire to encourage education which invites more sustainable processes and ways of being in addition to education which limits itself to teaching about, or for, sustainability.

Sustainable and Democratic Education will be of great interest to academics and practitioners working with sustainability, Indigenous scholarship, complexity theory and the posthuman and what these ideas can mean in and for education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction   2. Recognising and Challenging Static Framings and Ways of Being in the World  3. Recognising and Challenging ways of Being in the World founded on Separation, Autonomy and Rationality  4. Opening the Possibility for the Emergence of Other Ways to be a Human Subject: A Role for ‘Spaces of Appearance'  5. Disruptive, Inaugurative ‘Spaces of Appearance’ - Holding Open the Future  6. Arendt’s Forgiveness and Mutual Promising: A Framework for Approaching Ethical Issues Opened by Emergence  7. Intersubjective First-person Encounters and Encouraging the Possibility of Emergence of New Subjectivities  8. Subjectivity and Intersubjective Encounters (with)in the Wider Natural World  9. Opening Spaces for the Appearance of New Subjectivities, Action and Hope

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Sarah Chave is Associate Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK. She has researched and taught adult and higher education for over 30 years. Her areas of interest include teacher education, business and economics, language, embodied and arts-based research methodologies, equality, diversity and social justice and sustainability. Since completing her PhD in 2017, she has been involved in an international project researching decolonising teacher education and arts-based research looking at ways to develop more caring relationships with materials.