Journal article

What moves us also moves policy: the role of affect in mobilizing education policy on sustainability

Viviana O Pitton, Marcia McKenzie

JOURNAL OF EDUCATION POLICY | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

This article explores the role of affect in influencing whether and how education policy on sustainability is circulated, adopted or resisted. Drawing on empirical data from K-12 education across Canada, the paper examines the mobility of sustainability in education policy in relation to i) collective affective conditions, ii) the mediating influences of affective bodily encounters, and iii) affect as a target of apparatuses of power. The analysis suggests how collective conditions of precarity or environmental responsibility, policy actors’ attachments to nature and relationships with other policy actors, and the affective mediations of technologies of power such as eco-certification progra..

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Grants

Awarded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada


Funding Acknowledgements

This publication draws on research from the Sustainability and Education Policy Network (SEPN), supported by a Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Grant No 895-2011-1025, Principal Investigator Dr. Marcia McKenzie). For more information visit www.sepn.ca.We would like to thank research assistants and associates involved in data collection; SEPN team members involved in the research design; and the administrators, teachers, staff, and students who participated in the study.