The Geopolitics of Environmental Education

An Analysis of School Textbooks in the MENA Region

in Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society
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  • 1 Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research ide@gei.de
  • 2 Action Contre la Faim alwan10@gmail.com
  • 3 El-Rashidiya High School khalil_b62@yahoo.com
  • 4 University of Tunis nourdougui@live.fr
  • 5 Al-Ma’mounia High School maysounhus@gmail.com
  • 6 Hassan II University imadi261@yahoo.com
  • 7 University of Cairo faroukgafer@yahoo.com
  • 8 University of Cairo dr.amanytaha@hotmail.com
  • 9 Georg August University of Göttingen spielhaus@gei.de
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This article analyzes the geopolitical imaginations promoted via environmental education in the school textbooks of five states in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In doing so, it builds bridges between critical studies of education and political ecology. It shows that, when addressing environmental problems, the textbooks examined depoliticize environmental problems and sustain political and economic power structures. They do so by individualizing responsibility for environmental problems, legitimizing political and economic elites, associating environmental protection with wider societal goals, and externalizing environmental problems.