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Workers to conquer the new technology: The Swedish labour movement, popular education and the computer
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och folkbildning)
2016 (English)In: Workers’ Education: Importance and Implications for the Labour Movement / [ed] Jenny Jansson, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Early on, the unions, and their respective study associations, became important actors in passing on knowledge about computers. The 1975 Social Democratic Party congress made a decision to work with the Swedish blue-collar union in order to draw up an action program for computer education. The congress did express a fear in that stakeholders who control capital as well as means of production will safeguard technology to primarily cater to their interests. That is, under the current conservative regime there was a risk that the computer would instead become an oppressive force. As such, the labour movement was described as an important force to counter this fear and to, instead, "democratically" control the use of computers as tools in the service of the people. Through common struggle and education, citizens would become a driving force in the practical design of this potentially liberating technology. Thus, computers, as they were conceptualized in the labour movement in the 1970s, held a promise to become a liberating technology with a subsequent promotion of equality and solidarity, but importantly, its potential positive impacts could only be realized in an economic democracy.

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2016.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-133418OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-133418DiVA: diva2:1059884
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XIV Nordic Labour History Conference
Available from: 2016-12-26 Created: 2016-12-26 Last updated: 2016-12-26

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