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Praktisk-estetisk laeringsinteresse - en motkulturell verdi?
Institutt for voksnes laering og rådgivningvitenskap (IVR), NTNU, Trondheim.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education and Adult Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2015 (Norwegian)In: Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidskrift, ISSN 1403-3216, E-ISSN 2000-8325, Vol. 18, no 2, 182-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article we will focus on which cultural values that people´s interest in practical-aesthetic learning activities have in the common busy and splinted society. Dance and crafts is neither necessary nor understood as useful knowledge in our time. Transmission and safeguarding of these kind of knowledge and skills often arise as a result of chosen and interest based learning and through participation in organizations and different forms of study activity (formal, un-formal and informal) in a landscape of volunteerism. Practical-aesthetic learning activities are categorized as leisure and hobby due to their existence within the organizations of voluntary sector and offered as part of the study organizations training courses. That does not always be true for the persons that are active and participating in this landscape.

It is people’s interest and choice of practical- aesthetic activity and its role in our time that is in focus in this article. Why do people choose to deepening in and continue learn dance and crafts? What is the cultural political significance of this interest? In contemporary time it seems like a paradox that people choose to deepen an interest that rests on values contradicting the dominant values in society. What does this tell about this phenomenon’s potential as a countercultural value?

The characteristics of the informants’ lifestyle are interpreted as a potential counterculture. This way of living are based on values of time, skill, usefulness and meaning different from those asked for in the new capitalism. Practical-aesthetic learning activities cultural values are complex and political overarching. Learning takes place in the intersection between several political sectors, such as education, cultural, social and environmental issues. In what sense this countercultural phenomenon will be measured societal impact is still an open question.

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Högskolan i Borås, Centrum för kulturpolitisk forskning, 2015. Vol. 18, no 2, 182-197 p.
Keyword [en]
popular education/popular enliggtenment, learning by interest, voluntary learning, voluntary cultural organizations, practical-aesthetic learning activities, countercultural value
Keyword [no]
folkeopplysning/folkelig opplysning. selvvalgt laeringsinteresse, frivillig laering, frivillige kulturorganisasjoner. praktisk-estetisk laeringsaktivitet, motkulturell verdi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124276OAI: diva2:897430
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