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Ointressets rationalitet: om svårigheter att rekrytera arbetslösa till vuxenstudier
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2002 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
The rationality of reluctance and indifference toward adult education : difficulties in recruiting unemployed adults to adult education (English)
Abstract [en]

This dissertiation's main purpose is to study the rationality of reluctance and indifference to adult education. Research in the field of adult education has shown that the people who are most difficult to recruit are also those who need education the most, namely adult individuals who lack upper secondary qualifications. The context for the investigation was the Adult Education Initiative (AEI), by far the largest adult education investment ever undertaken in Sweden. The adult education initiative was an important part of the Swedish government's strategy to reduce unemployment and to generally upgrade the level of knowledge in the Swedish labour force. The main target group for the AEI were unemployed adults who lacked upper secondary qualifications. From a govemmental point of view AEI represents a good oppmtunity for the target group; what is this reluctance and indifference about?

This dissertation approaches the phenomenon studied with a theoretical frame based on the French thinker Pierre Bourdieu's work. A problem of reluctance and indifference is mainly a social phenomenon and as such should be understood as a relationship between two positions in the social space. This study suggests that the target group's experiences of earlier education, worklife and unemployment are important contextual factors that need to be considered, as well as the conditions for looking at the phenomena from a position of an interest to recruit them. This means that the interpretations are based on negotiation of meaning from two different positions, a dominating position and a dominated position in the social space. The main result is a map of different dispositions that seem to constitute for the rationality of reluctance and indifference toward adult education. ln other words, these dispositions are interpreted as a different rationality compared to the rationality of a recruiting interest. These conflicting rationalitics, as well as their hierarchical positions, are important conditions for understanding the problem. The dissctiation is concluded with a discussion on how different perspectives raise new questions on how to interpret the phenomenon in a more practical way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköpings universitet: Institutionen för beteendevetenskap , 2002. , 330 p.
Linköping Studies in Education and Psychology, ISSN 1102-7517 ; 86
Keyword [sv]
rekrytering, vuxenstudier, arbetslöshet
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-32599Local ID: 18514ISBN: 91-7373-320-2OAI: diva2:253422
Public defence
2002-05-08, Eklundska salen, I-Huset , Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:00
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2014-09-01Bibliographically approved

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