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Social Ecology

Applying ecological understanding to our lives and our planet


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SKU: 9781907359118 ISBN: 9781907359118


Social Ecology addresses the burning question of how to apply ecological understanding to every aspect of our lives. The 27 contributors, all of whom have directly or indirectly contributed to the teaching of social ecology in Australia and beyond, share their experiences in this ‘coming of age’ anthology of keynote articles.

Social ecology provides a holistic framework for change, based on the interrelationships between the personal, social, environmental and ‘spiritual’. It helps us understand how we got here, and how to realise more sustainable, caring futures. Educators and students from all disciplines will enrich their learning with insights and principles from social ecology.

The introduction maps social ecology as an emerging field. Articles about place, story, nature, education and community illustrate ways to apply our understandings from social ecology, systems theory, transformative learning, holistic education, empathic intelligence, sense of place, shamanic practices, poetic inquiry, archetypal theory, deep ecology, aesthetics, creativity, curriculum design, drama education, cross-cultural learning and indigenous knowing. Included also are inspiring stories of activists and community educators applying the wisdom of social ecology at the leading edge of change.

“An excellent anthology giving a superb and exciting overview of the emerging and vitally important field of social ecology. We need to implement the ideas in this book as a matter of utmost urgency if we humans are to have a viable future on this planet.” —Dr Stephan Harding, Schumacher College, UK; author of Animate Earth: Science, Intuition and Gaia

About the editors

The editors are members of the Social Ecology Group in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney.

Dr David Wright is the programme coordinator. A researcher and teacher, he has a background in writing for performance — Read more on his staff page.

Dr Catherine E. Camden-Pratt is an artist academic. In 2010 she was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contribution for Student Learning — Read more on her staff page.

Professor Stuart B Hill, Foundation Chair in Social Ecology, is a pioneer of ecological thinking in Australia and internationally — Read more on his website. Don’t miss his parable of the “sandbox syndrome” on You Tube.

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Weight0.456 kg

Catherine Camden-Pratt, David Wright, Stuart Hil




234 × 156 mm


336 pages



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