A Sustainable Concept in Education

  • Fred Dervin
  • Hanna Ragnarsdóttir

Part of the Transgressions book series (TRANS, volume 104)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Deconstructing Origins

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. E. (bobby) Harreveld, Kristy Richardson
      Pages 35-49
    3. Rhonda G. Craven, Alexander Seeshing Yeung, Bingyi Li, Ian Wilson
      Pages 51-69
  3. Reinventing Origins in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Bruce Allen Knight
      Pages 73-86
    3. Robert Berman, Elena Makarova
      Pages 101-117
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 121-122

About this book


Although we live in an era of multiple identities and belongings, origins still seem to matter. For most people origins are obvious and transparent. We all come from somewhere. Yet talking about one’s origins can be highly sensitive and problematic depending on our roles, emotions, interlocutors and contexts. This volume problematizes the relativity, instability and politics of the concept in the field of education. The authors examine how origins are played upon in many and varied educational contexts and propose alternative ways of dealing with – see reinventing – origins.

This volume is original in several senses. It is one of the first books to deal directly and honestly with the thorny concept of origins in education. Balancing arguments for and against the advantages and drawbacks of origins, the volume will appeal to confirmed and novice researchers, practitioners and decision-makers who struggle with these elements. The volume is not a ‘recipe book’ to be followed as such. It offers fresh and sincere perspectives to current discussions on multiculturalism, intersectionality and social justice in education around the world by tackling a somewhat taboo subject.


diversity origin social justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Fred Dervin
    • 1
  • Hanna Ragnarsdóttir
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of HelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.The University of IcelandIceland

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