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The Learning Society, the Unfinished Cosmopolitan, and Governing Education, Public Health and Crime Prevention at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century
Department of Curriculum and Instruktion, University of Wsconsin/Madison, USA.
Institutionen för utbildningsvetenskap, Stockholms Univ.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Society, Diversity, Identity. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2007 (English)In: The Learning Society from the Perspective of Governmentality / [ed] Jan Masschelein, Maarten Simons, Ulrich Bröckling & Ludvig Pongratz, Oxford: Blackwell , 2007, 1, 17-35 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The ”learning society” expresses principles of a universal humanity and a promise of progress that seems to transcend the nation. The paper indicates how this society is governed in the name of a cosmopolitan ideal that despite its universal pretensions embodies particular inclusions and exclusions. These occur through inscribing distinctions and differentiations that distinguish between the characteristics of those who embody a cosmopolitan reason that brings social progress and personal fulfillment and those who do not embody the cosmopolitan principles of civility and normalcy. Mapping the circulation of the notion of the ”learning society” in actual arena’s of Swedish health and criminal justice, and Swedish and US school reforms lets appear the mode of life of the citizen of this society, the learner, as an ”unfinished cosmopolitanism” and also directs attention to its ”other(s)” – those that are outside.

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Oxford: Blackwell , 2007, 1. 17-35 p.
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Politics of knowledge, governmentality, educational reform, social inclusion/exclusion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52102ISBN: 978-1-4051-5602-8ISBN: 1-4051-5602-3OAI: diva2:279658
Available from: 2009-12-04 Created: 2009-12-04 Last updated: 2013-08-15Bibliographically approved

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