The socioecological (un)learner: unlearning binary oppositions and the wicked problems of the Anthropocene

Adam, Raoul, Whitehouse, Hilary, Stevenson, Robert B., and Chigeza, Philemon (2019) The socioecological (un)learner: unlearning binary oppositions and the wicked problems of the Anthropocene. In: Cutter-Mackenzie-Knowles, Amy, Lasczik, Alexandra, Wilks, Judith, Logan, Marianne, Turner, Angela, and Boyd, Wendy, (eds.) Touchstones for Deterritorializing Socioecological Learning: the Anthropocene, posthumanism and common worlds as creative milieux. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 49-74.

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Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to justify, theorise and contextualise a way to unlearn the binary oppositions of the Anthropocene (e.g. nature<culture). We define unlearning as a disassembling part of the whole of learning involving the realisation and removal of deep commitments to obsolescent learnings. We justify unlearning the binary oppositions of the Anthropocene on the premise that they have failed to represent the genuinely wicked problems of being human. We theorise the unlearning of binary oppositions with a form of monistic dualism, which simultaneously represents the division and unification of 'opposites'. Finally, we contextualise the unlearning of binary oppositions in relation to the wicked problems of the Anthropocene, including sustainability, education and globalisation. The authors' hope is that this way of unlearning binary oppositions may help diversify the community of socioecological learners who recognise, and respond to, the Anthropocene.

Item ID: 60348
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-030-12211-9
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Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2019 00:48
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