Natural—With No Artificial Additives

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


The chapter analyzes what it means that the eco-certified child is repeatedly described as a nature-loving person—one who likes being outdoors, discovering and caring for the nature. But to pass as environmentally friendly nature-lover, not any way of being in the nature counts. On the contrary, nature is here understood as a metaphorical place organizing desirable and undesirable ways of living organized by cultural norms for race and social class; all inside the discourse of Western modernity. With help from Nirmal Puwar it is discussed how different places—the sacral nature respectively the urban ghetto—are culturally attached to different kinds of people, and how the ones crossing the borders become “space invaders” who are disturbing the sense of an imagined community.


Cultural norms Western hegemony Migration 


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

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