The Eco-Certified Child

Citizenship and Education for Sustainability and Environment

  • Malin Ideland

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Malin Ideland
    Pages 1-29
  3. Malin Ideland
    Pages 31-58
  4. Malin Ideland
    Pages 59-84
  5. Malin Ideland
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  6. Malin Ideland
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 139-162

About this book


While few could dispute the need for Environmental and Sustainability Education (ESE) for children and young people, this book analyses the problems inherent in this educational practice. Despite good intentions, the author highlights how ESE can in fact contribute to a (re)production of harmful norms and possible subjectivities by categorizing various groups as ‘threats’ to the environment. The author analyzes how these categorizations are entangled in historical discourses on social class, nationality and race, thus resulting in double gestures of inclusion and exclusion. Even as sustainability and environmental engagement becomes a treasured identity for the affluent, the author highlights that despite the best of intentions, the discourse of ESE can reinforce positions of suborder and superiority, which could even impede real change in the long run. This illuminating book will be of interest to students, scholars and practitioners of sustainability education.

Malin Ideland is Professor of Educational Sciences at the Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Sweden. Specializing in ethnology, her research interests centre around the discourse of environmental and sustainability education.


Environment and the child Childhood and nature Ecological citizenship Stewardship of the land ESE Environmental and Sustainability Education

Authors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-00198-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-00199-5
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