“A goat that is already dead is no longer afraid of knives”

Refugee Mobilizations and Politics of (Necessary) Interference in Hamburg

in Ethnologia Europaea
Author:
Martin Bak Jørgensen Aalborg University martinjo@cgs.aau.dk

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This article investigates the promotion of environmental awareness in a staged rainforest at a science centre in Sweden. The organizers worked with the agenda to change people’s everyday behaviour and consumer routines and especially targeted the use of palm oil. This mundane way of approaching environmental issues is defined by the author as banal sustainability. The exhibited forest was employed for guided walks, stressing the domestication of the environmental challenges into issues of people’s everyday life practices. The promotion of an awareness rested on the bodily experience of moving in the staged rainforest, emphazising astonishment, adventure, and empathy. It worked as an attachment site, connecting insight to action. As such, it was practice-oriented, simplifying, and empowering.

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