Environmental Education After Sustainability

  • Lesley Le GrangeEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment book series (PSEE)


The idea, “after sustainability” has more than one meaning. It could mean “in pursuit of” (in imitation of) or “following in time.” In this chapter I use both senses of “after sustainability.” I firstly explore ways of rethinking sustainability by proposing the idea as a rhizome, as an empty signifier, and as the potentia of sustainability culture (a grass roots societal movement). This exploration is in pursuit of sustainability but offers radical alternatives to dominant discourses on sustainability. Second, I register the possibility of moving beyond the idea of sustainability, informed by an ontology of immanence, whereby both the subject becomes imperceptible and so too the idea of sustainability.


Sustainability Sustainability education Becoming imperceptible Ontology of immanence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stellenbosch UniversityStellenboschSouth Africa

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