Western ecological discourse of sustainability dominates non-Western educational systems. Despite its global goals and applications, sustainability overlooks localized non-western traditions which provide alternative understandings of the relationships between mankind and nature. These traditions, however, power the localized discourses in education and safeguard local educational policies and practices. Addressing this issue, the author uses comparative case-study approach for revisiting groundings of the localized ecological discourses within Asian and Eurasian cultural traditions, Vernadsky’s noosferism and Gumivel’s Eurasianism. Research findings uncover the main features of these traditions, describe cosmoantropic and antropocosmic views on natural relationships, and propose points of engagements between Western and the localized discourses.
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2015|