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    Author(s): Brian J. Burke; Nik Heynen
    Date: 2014
    Source: Environment and Society: Advances in Research 5: 7-27
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    Citizen science and sustainability science promise the more just and democratic production of environmental knowledge and politics. In this review, we evaluate these participatory traditions within the context of (a) our theorization of how the valuation and devaluation of nature, knowledge, and people help to produce socio-ecological hierarchies, the uneven distribution of harms and benefits, and inequitable engagement within environmental politics, and (b) our analysis of how neoliberalism is reworking science and environmental governance. We find that citizen and sustainability science often fall short of their transformative potential because they do not directly confront the production of environmental injustice and political exclusion, including the knowledge hierarchies that shape how the environment is understood and acted upon, by whom, and for what ends. To deepen participatory practice, we propose a heterodox ethicopolitical praxis based in Gramscian, feminist, and postcolonial theory and describe how we have pursued transformative praxis in southern Appalachia through the Coweeta Listening Project

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    Burke, Brian J.; Heynen, Nik. 2014. Transforming participatory science into socioecological praxis: valuing marginalized environmental knowledges in the face of the neoliberalization of nature and science. Environment and Society: Advances in Research. 5: 7-27.

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    citizen science, democratization, Gramsci, participation, science studies, sustainability science

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