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Power and Possibility

Adult Education in a Diverse and Complex World

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Edited by Fergal Finnegan and Bernie Grummell

Power has been a defining and constitutive theme of adult education scholarship for over a century and is a central concern of many of the most famous and influential thinkers in the field. Adult education has been particularly interested in how an analysis of power can be used to support transformative learning and democratic participation. In a fragile and interdependent world these questions are more important than ever. The aim of this collection is to offer an analysis of power and possibility in adult education which acknowledges, analyzes and responds to the complexity and diversity that characterizes contemporary education and society.

Power and Possibility: Adult Education in a Diverse and Complex World explores the topic of power and possibility theoretically, historically and practically through a range of perspectives and in relation to varied areas of interest within contemporary adult education. It is concerned with addressing how power works in and through adult education today by exploring what has changed in recent years and what is shaping and driving policy. Alongside this the book explores ways of theorizing learning, power and transformation that builds and extends adult education philosophy. In particular it takes up the themes of diversity and solidarity and explores barriers and possibilities for change in relation to these themes.

Die Begriffsanalyse im 21. Jahrhundert

Eine Verteidigung gegen zeitgenössische Einwände

Nicole Rathgeb

Die „Ordinary Language-Philosophie“, nach der die klassischen Probleme der theoretischen Philosophie nicht substanzieller, sondern begrifflicher Natur sind, gilt heute in weiten Teilen der analytischen Philosophie als überholt. Zu Unrecht, wie Nicole Rathgeb argumentiert. Sie verteidigt sie gegen Paul Grice, eine Reihe von zeitgenössischen Autoren und Experimentelle Philosophen. Dabei geht es insbesondere darum, Argumente gegen die Existenz begrifflicher Wahrheiten zu entkräften, zu zeigen, wie wir auf der Grundlage unserer Sprachkompetenz nicht-triviale Erkenntnisse gewinnen können, und dafür zu argumentieren, dass wir in der Philosophie nicht auf Umfragen oder andere empirische Studien zurückgreifen müssen.

The Societal Unconscious

Psychosocial Perspectives on Adult Learning

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Edited by Henning Salling Olesen

The Societal Unconscious presents an innovative development of theory and methodology for adult education and learning research, recognizing psychodynamic dimensions of learning processes. With few exceptions the unconscious has been neglected in critical adult education research. The psychosocial approach in this book seeks to re-integrate the societal and the psychodynamic dimensions in analyzing adult learners and learning processes.

The book responds to contemporary awareness of the societal and cultural nature of subjectivity with a new material and dialectic psychosocial theory, comprising conscious as well as unconscious levels. Tracing interdisciplinary inspirations it sets a new broad horizon for in-depth understanding of learning in everyday life.

A number of empirical analyses demonstrate the entanglement of societal and psychodynamic dimensions of learning. Firstly, a part of the chapters deals with the complex subjective continuities and discontinuities in individual learning and career. Secondly, other chapters comprise analyses of leadership and the social psychology of organizational processes, and the psycho-social aspects of institutional regeneration. Thirdly, the book presents outlooks into the social psychology dimensions of wider societal and political processes, including "identity politics" and xenophobia. A last chapter finalizes the theoretical basis of the methodology.