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Suorsa, T. (2020). Energy, Experience, and Educational Psychology: Changing practices in and beyond Fossil Capitalism. Nordia Geographical Publications, 48(6), 31-46. Retrieved from

Energy, experience, and educational psychology : changing practices in and beyond fossil capitalism

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Author: Suorsa, Teemu1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Pohjois-Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura ry, 2019
Publish Date: 2020-05-26


I first introduce an approach in educational psychology that has developed ways of understanding individuals’ actions and experiences in explicit relation to socio-material practices and societal conditions. Next, I describe the particularities of human experience in the era of fossil capitalism, suggesting that, in educational psychological and multi-disciplinary research on experience and action, we should pay particular attention to homogeneous and heterogeneous aspects of subjective and collective experience, as well as to diverse manifestations of nihilism in human activities. Thereafter, I exemplify this approach with an excerpt from an empirical study of psychosocial welfare work in schools, illustrating how to detect the dynamics of choosing ‘a ghost’ over a socio-material practice when developing a school. Finally, I discuss the possibilities of this approach for multi-disciplinary research that aims to understand and support human strivings in a fossil and post-fossil era.

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Series: Nordia geographical publications
ISSN: 1238-2086
ISSN-L: 1238-2086
Volume: 48
Issue: 6
Pages: 31 - 46
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 515 Psychology
520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2019 The Author. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).