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Jonas Andreasen Lysgaard

Introduction: living in dark times

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At the end of the second decade of the new millennia, we face a strange world that is no longer the stable background for human history as it has seemingly turned against us, running amok. Previously recognized climatological standards are shattered, records are set, in a most alarming way, all over the world and we scramble in order to understand how to navigate in this extraordinary new normal. Dark pedagogy is a response to how our world is changing and an effort to think the consequences and potential new practices as pedagogical and educational key issues. Dark pedagogy is an experimental effort provide a pedagogy for an age of mass extinction. While notions of climate change have been with us for decades recent events have underlined that we no longer are in negotiation and planning mode, but unwillingly find ourselves in the midst of an environmental and climate crisis. A crisis whose causes are now being recognized on a hitherto unforeseen scale, and people - especially children and adolescents whose future the future is - mobilize in order to protest against the political status quo and business-as-usual approach to decision-making and to demand a new ecologically and environmentally oriented and respectful way of politically re-configuring modern, industrial, urbanized and consumer driven economies and societies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDark pedagogy
EditorsJonas Lysgaard, Stefan Bengtsson, Martin Hauberg-Lund Laugesen
Place of publicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication year2019
ISBN (print)978-3-030-19933-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Education and the Environment

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