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Reconstituting the educable adult learner in Sweden - a genealogical analysis on rationalities of governing
Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education.
2005 (English)In: Nordic conference on adult education,2005, 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the idea of the educable adult learner in Sweden and the ways this idea of the educable subject has re-emerged in different discursive practices during the 20th Century. Official documents from the 20th Century and early 21st Century concerned with adult education in Sweden are analysed drawing on the foucauldian notions of genealogy and governmentality. The questions pursued are; what kinds of adult subjects are to be constructed in present time and what kinds of techniques are created to make such subject a reality? How is historical ideas inscribed into these discourses? I argue that the discourse of lifelong learning is creating an educable subject that is constantly learning. Adult education is created as a technique to help everyone to be included in lifelong learning. These narratives also construct a historical practice of exclusion. -The other-, those who don-t want or can-t participate, will be excluded. Further, I will argue that the educable subject is not a new idea. It was also constructed during the mid and early 20th Century, but in a different way. What we can see is the emergence of a new rationality of governing; from governing through the social to governing through the choices of the individuals. I end the paper with a few questions for the future.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-28884Local ID: 14080OAI: diva2:249696
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09

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