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Sociocultural Perspectives on Youth Ethical Consumerism

  • Giuliano Reis
  • Michael Mueller
  • Rachel Gisewhite
  • Luiz Siveres
  • Renato Brito

Part of the Cultural Studies of Science Education book series (CSSE, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Giuliano Reis, Michael Mueller, Rachel Gisewhite
    Pages 1-17
  3. Snežana Ratković, Dragana Martinovic, Trevor Norris
    Pages 43-60
  4. Luiz Siveres, Paulo César Nodari, Idalberto Neves Júnior
    Pages 61-69
  5. Larry Bencze, Lyn Carter, Mirjan Krstovic
    Pages 71-99
  6. Jesse Bazzul, Shakhnoza Kayumova
    Pages 101-114
  7. Sophia (Sun Kyung) Jeong, Sun Young Jeong, Mutlu Sen, Deborah J. Tippins
    Pages 217-235
  8. Wolff-Michael Roth
    Pages 237-261
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-266

About this book


This exciting new book advances current practice-based and theoretical knowledge around how youth defines and engages with consumerism to provoke a larger conversation within science and environmental education. It is also geared towards unveiling those literacy praxes that can assist youth to adopt more ethically-oriented consumerist habits. More specifically, this book studies how youth’s participation in the global consumer market intersects with media technologies, new literacies, as well as science and the environment from sociocultural perspectives. In addition, it considers how school science has mediated youth participation in hyper-consumerism, from food and technology to shelter and transportation. This important and timely book is a must-read for those interested in topics such as critical youth studies, critical media literacy, STEM, arts-based research, STSE education, citizenship education, cultural studies, policy studies, curriculum studies, socio-scientific issues, technology, sustainability, food studies, social justice, poverty, and consumer behaviour.

A wide range of science, technology and environmental educators from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Netherlands and the United States have combined their perspectives to produce this exciting, innovative, timely and important book. It should be essential reading for all teachers, teacher educators and curriculum developers keen to address key issues raised by a commitment to assist students in refining their understanding of what constitutes socially, culturally, ethically and politically responsible consumer practices and supporting them in formulating and engaging in effective individual and collective action.
Derek Hodson, Emeritus Professor of Science Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Professor of Science Education at The University of Auckland (New Zealand), and Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CJSMTE).

The authors in the book deconstruct and analyse intricate economic, sociopolitical and affective networks that are behind the cycles of production, distribution and consumption of objects that are present in youngsters' daily lives and their attitudes towards them. Apart from breaking new ground by proposing and discussing socioculturally informed research about the topic, the book connects with pedagogical approaches that value critical perspectives on the nature of the relationship between science, technology, society and environment. It is a must-read for both researchers and practitioners interested in issues related to sustainability and citizenship education.
 Isabel Martins, Professor of Science Education, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/ Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).



science education environmental education sustainability hyper-consumerism citizenship education school science critical pedagogy youth identity Youth Ethical Consumerism Ecojustice education

Editors and affiliations

  • Giuliano Reis
    • 1
  • Michael Mueller
    • 2
  • Rachel Gisewhite
    • 3
  • Luiz Siveres
    • 4
  • Renato Brito
    • 5
  1. 1.University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageUSA
  3. 3.Trezevant High SchoolMemphisUSA
  4. 4.Catholic University of BrasiliaBrasiliaBrazil
  5. 5.Catholic University of BrasíliaBrasiliaBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sociocultural Perspectives on Youth Ethical Consumerism
  • Editors Giuliano Reis
    Michael Mueller
    Rachel Gisewhite
    Luiz Siveres
    Renato Brito
  • Series Title Cultural Studies of Science Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cultural Stud.Sci.Educat.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65607-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88065-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65608-3
  • Series ISSN 1879-7229
  • Series E-ISSN 1879-7237
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVII, 266
  • Number of Illustrations 77 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science Education
    Sociology of Education
    Youth Culture
    Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging
    Learning & Instruction
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