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ERIC Number: EJ1164551
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1857
The Formation of the Willing Citizen -- Tracing Reactive Nihilism in Late Capitalist Adult Education
Olson, Maria; Dahlstedt, Magnus; Fejes, Andreas; Sandberg, Fredrik
Educational Philosophy and Theory, v50 n1 p95-103 2018
The role of education in citizen training has been well mapped out in youth education. What has been less studied is how this role comes into being in adult education. By providing illustrative empirical examples from a recently completed study of adult students enrolled in adult education, this article aims to offer a theoretical response to the question of the role of adult education in adult student citizen subjectivity formation. Taking on Diken's concept of "reactive nihilism", we wish to make the following arguments. First, that citizen formation in adult education, when students are asked about it, is actualised as processes of re(dis)covery of will in order to be(come) a successful and happy citizen in society. Secondly, that these processes point towards a role of adult education as one where these formation processes work in tandem with those of the reactive nihilists. This means that the citizen formation processes made possible in this educational site are those marked out by the desire to mobilise one's will formation so that it adapts to the prevailing societal situation--that of late capitalism, which is a situation not considered by the adult students as possible to change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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