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The Confessing Society: Foucault, confession and practices of lifelong learning
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenpedagogik och Folkbildning)
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Today, people are constantly encouraged to verbalise and disclose their "true" inner self to others, whether on TV shows, in newspapers, in family life or together with friends. Such encouragement to disclose the self has proliferated through discourses on lifelong learning through which each citizen is encouraged to become a constant learner. The Confessing Society takes a critical stance towards the modern relentless will to disclose the self and argues that society has become a confessing society. Drawing on Foucault’s later work on confession and governmentality, this book carefully analyses how confession operates within practices of lifelong learning as a way to shape activated and responsible citizens and provides examples of how it might be possible to traverse the confessional truth of the present time. Chapters include:

  • Reflection and Reflective Practices
  • Deliberation and Therapeutic Intervention
  • Lifelong Guidance
  • Medialised Parenting

This controversial book is international in its scope and pursues current debates regarding trans-national policy and to research discussions on education, lifelong learning and governance, and it will provoke lively debate amongst educational practitioners, academics, postgraduate and research students in education and lifelong learning in Europe, North America and Australasia.

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London: Routledge, 2014, 1. , 122 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100766ISBN: 978-0415581660ISBN: 0415581664OAI: diva2:663473
Available from: 2013-11-11 Created: 2013-11-11 Last updated: 2015-02-22Bibliographically approved

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