Making sense of stewardship: metaphorical thinking and the environment.

Foster, John (2005) Making sense of stewardship: metaphorical thinking and the environment. Environmental Education Research, 11 (1). pp. 25-36. ISSN 1469-5871

Full text not available from this repository.


This paper sketches the fundamental characteristics of metaphorical language which enable it to subserve not only the shaping of particular discourses, but also crucial aspects of our powers of enquiry and understanding. It argues that without metaphorical creativity we cannot make adequate sense of the more complex and open-ended aspects of our experience. This is illustrated from the way in which we deploy the closely related key environmental metaphors of 'stewardship' and 'natural capital', including the more specific 'real option' sub-version of the latter idea reported on by other contributions to this Special Issue. But a condition of making such thinking operational and socially productive is the development of a genuine learning society.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Education Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/b1
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 10834
Deposited By: Users 810 not found.
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2008 15:31
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 06:01

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item