Eco-Certified Energy

  • Malin Ideland
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment book series (PSEE)


The chapter unpacks how the figuration of the eco-certified child is (re)produced inside a cultural politics of emotions and how the “right” knowledge and actions are thought of as optimizing students’ emotions. Through education and activation, students are supposed to engage in the world with a good mood—which makes Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) into a “nice” practice avoiding complex problems as well as anger, despair or apathy. These emotions are instead attached to the Other; the one who needs to change to become a desirable citizen. The chapter discusses what this categorization of emotions means in terms of cultural constructions of We and the Other and how the cultural politics of ESE is (re)producing a colonial understanding of the world and its inhabitants.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malin Ideland
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  1. 1.Faculty of Education and SocietyMalmö UniversityMalmöSweden

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