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Governmentality in Swedish Adult Education: a History of the Present
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education.
2004 (English)In: Nordic Educational Research Association Conference,2004, 2004, 73-73 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

My interest of research is adult education in Sweden and how it has been construed in official reports during the 20th Century. My approach is ahistory of the present. According to Popkewitz et al, 2001, s. 4this means -an understanding of the present and of collectivememory as the weaving together of multiple historicalconfigurations that establishes connections that make for thecommon sense.- I take my point of departure in the adulteducation discourse of today to see what it is constituted of. Thisfollowed by looking at the different discourses dominating duringthe 20th Century. By doing so I can try to locate differenthistorical configurations in the past that is present today. Withthis approach I will look for passages expressing powerknowledgerelations, mechanisms governing the adult learner and the framesfor what is accepted in the discourse. Central in the analysis willbe how the adult learner is being governed. Michel Foucaults notions of governmentality and genealogy inspire my work.

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2004. 73-73 p.
Keyword [en]
Governmentality, Geneaology, Foucault, Adult Education, Sweden, Adult Learner
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22273Local ID: 1450OAI: diva2:242586
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07

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