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'I Am Not a Greenie, But': Negotiating a Cultural Discourse

Australian Journal of Environmental Education
Volume 26 (2010)

Abstract: A cultural discourse is not usually considered to be a barrier to the implementation of sustainability in schools. A study conducted in four different state primary schools in regional Queensland, found leading environmental educators did not wish to be identified as 'greenies'. 'Greenie' is a highly recognisable and well-used community discourse in regional Australia. The social appellation is shorthand for environmentalist and its use is divided almost irreconcilably between pejorative and non-pejorative attributions. To be at variance with dominant social and cultural practices and disorder an established status quo in order to transform schooling, teachers and principals must also indicate they know how to get the ordering right. This is why study participants maintain they are not 'greenies' while they implement state recognised sustainability initiatives at school. This paper considers the pejorative aspect of a cultural discourse as a possible barrier to the wider uptake of sustainability in schools in regional Australia.

To cite this article: Whitehouse, Hilary and Evans, Neus. 'I Am Not a Greenie, But': Negotiating a Cultural Discourse [online]. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 26, 2010: 19-31. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=731345103032709;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0814-0626. [cited 30 Aug 16].

Personal Author: Whitehouse, Hilary; Evans, Neus; Source: Australian Journal of Environmental Education, Vol. 26, 2010: 19-31 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0814-0626 Subject: Sustainable development; Primary school teaching; Environmental education; Environmental protection--Citizen participation; Environmental protection--Study and teaching; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Associate Professor, School of Education, James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
(2) Cairns Institute, James Cook University

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection