Locally Grown

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


The chapter problematizes how sustainability engagement is embedded in a racial, colonial and nationalistic discourses, positioning different kinds of humans, problems and possibilities in different parts of the world; an enlightened, organized We in the global north and a miserable, corrupt, under-developed Them in the global south. In the Swedish discourse the enlightened, helping, environmental hero is always represented by a white person, while those who are in need of help are represented by a person of color—positioned in Asia or Africa. The chapter discusses how environmental engagement has become culturally attached to whiteness and a Western lifestyle. The work for a common future has, ironically, become an excluding practice dividing the world in Us and Them.


Sustainability engagement Racism Colonialism Nationalism Polarizing 


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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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