Cultural Studies of Science Education

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 303–308 | Cite as

Love, politics and science education on a damaged planet

  • Jesse BazzulEmail author
  • Sara TolbertEmail author


This article attempts to add to the conversation on equity and science education by arguing that activist work necessitates turning away from conservative fields of research that only forward the agenda of national governments/patriarchy/white supremacy/capital, and turning toward larger sociopolitical movements and non-dominant forms of knowledge that can help communities move toward multi-species flourishing. Building on the work of Chantal Pouliot, who argues that academics have a key role to play in environmental and social issues of public concern, we argue that engaging larger systemic contexts is absolutely necessary when educating for different futures. Specifically, we extend the use of Sheila Jasanoff’s (Science and public reason, Routledge, New York, 2012a.; Sheila Jasanoff’s in: Rajan (ed) Lively capital: biotechnologies, ethics, and governance in global markets, Duke University Press, Durham, pp. 155–183, 2012b. work that demonstrates how modern Western law and governance specifically aim to take common, “natural” spaces and turn them into profit/capital. We conclude by suggesting that a politics of love can become a guiding force for justice-oriented scholarship in science education.


Love Science education Politics Public Activism 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada
  2. 2.College of Education, Health, and Human Development Te Rāngai Ako me te HauoraUniversity of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

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