This book holds two main concepts: citizenship and adult education, and presents a diverse scope of ideas and experiences from different countries and perspectives in a rich indication to edify liberating practices and researches.
Citizenship is closely linked with participation. When people are encouraged to take part in an authentic process of decision making, people do participate in public affairs. Here is the true meaning of citizenship related to the old idea to take part, to get involved in public issues and transform their community through participation.
On the other hand, Lifelong Learning’s concepts and practices seem to have forgotten that adult education is more than the preparation for a job. Adult education is learning for democracy; researching communities searching for a school for all; transforming communities; struggling for our rights; becoming awareness about environmental hazards; edifying the city or expressing ourselves through theatre or public art. Lifelong Learning’s concepts and practices seem to have forgotten that life is more than the labour market. The entire life of women and men are the substance of what adult education is made of.
The book is not only addressed to scholars, under and postgraduate students interested in citizenship and adult education, but also to practitioners working in communities in a participatory way.
Education, development and decolonization provides a historical, theoretical and practical inter-disciplinary analysis of the contemporary trajectory of colonization (including internal colonization) through the linked projects of eurocentric development, globalization and the uncritical adoption of colonial modes of education and learning in schools, communities, social movements and the “progressive” church in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Critical perspectives on colonialism, education and development are deployed in the interests of a continued praxis of decolonization. This collection is intended for graduate and senior undergraduate students in adult/education, development studies, social movement learning and de/colonization and cultural studies, as well as for civil society and social movement actors, development practitioners and socio-cultural workers and popular educators working in North-South engagements. A mix of theoretical and applied/practical content ensures that this collection will be of use to theoreticians, analysts and practitioners alike.