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(Re)imagining Entangled Sustainability: A Human and Nonhuman Theorisation of Belonging to Safeguard Sustainability’s Holism

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Department of Pedagogy, Religion and Social Studies, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, 5063 Bergen, Norway
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Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6GX, UK
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Academic Editors: Veronica Bergan, Elin Eriksen Ødegaard and Sidsel Boldermo
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4714; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094714
Received: 22 February 2021 / Revised: 29 March 2021 / Accepted: 19 April 2021 / Published: 23 April 2021
After years of research and theorisation connected to education for sustainable development, the holistic core of sustainability seems to have disappeared within the frames of the social, environmental and economic pillars. This article suggests a post-humanism inspired understanding of a sense of belonging. Even though the phenomenon of belonging is ascribed to social sustainability, the post-human theoretical toolkit challenges the humanism-based understanding of a sense of belonging as a human-related phenomenon. Using Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome and affect concepts and Barad’s concept of intra-action, we show the connections between the human and nonhuman elements constituting each other in our world. We conclude with the implications that using post-human language (to understand belonging) may have for policy, Early Childhood Education and care (ECEC) practice and theory. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability’s pillars; sense of belonging; early childhood education; intra-action; human–nonhuman sustainability’s pillars; sense of belonging; early childhood education; intra-action; human–nonhuman
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Sadownik, A.R.; Gabi, J. (Re)imagining Entangled Sustainability: A Human and Nonhuman Theorisation of Belonging to Safeguard Sustainability’s Holism. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4714. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094714

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Sadownik AR, Gabi J. (Re)imagining Entangled Sustainability: A Human and Nonhuman Theorisation of Belonging to Safeguard Sustainability’s Holism. Sustainability. 2021; 13(9):4714. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094714

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Sadownik, Alicja R., and Josephine Gabi. 2021. "(Re)imagining Entangled Sustainability: A Human and Nonhuman Theorisation of Belonging to Safeguard Sustainability’s Holism" Sustainability 13, no. 9: 4714. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13094714

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