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Enacting small justices: Education, place and subjectivity in the Anthropocene

Kruger, Frans


Assistant Professor in Education


The concept of the Anthropocene signals both a growing awareness of the negative impact that humans have had on the abiotic and biotic systems of the earth, as well as reflexive opportunity to interrogate how humans might live differently. It is in relation to the reflexive opportunity that the concept of the Anthropocene offers, that I consider the relationship between place, subjectivity and education. To do this, a conceptual overview of the Anthropocene is provided after which place, as emergent, relation and agentic, is discussed. By drawing on the Guattarian concept of ecosophy, the relationship between the Anthropocene and place is considered to highlight the subjectivities this relationship might give rise to. Based on the forms of subjectivities highlighted, an argument is made for enacting ‘small justices’ (Rousell, 2018) that would enable the practice of a more affirmative politics of subjectivity within the field of education in response to the Anthropocene.


Kruger, F. (2021). Enacting small justices: Education, place and subjectivity in the Anthropocene. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 55(4-5), 665-674.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2021
Online Publication Date Jun 20, 2021
Publication Date Aug 1, 2021
Deposit Date Aug 2, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 21, 2023
Journal Journal of Philosophy of Education
Print ISSN 0309-8249
Electronic ISSN 1467-9752
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 4-5
Pages 665-674
Keywords Philosophy; History; Education
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Additional Information This article was published while I was employed by the University of the Free State, South Africa