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ERIC Number: EJ877399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Saint Bob and Me
Connolly, Brid
Adults Learning, v16 n10 p17-19 Jun 2005
When looking at the story of women's community education in Ireland, from its beginnings in the early 1980s, it is important to understand what was happening in the country at that time, and throughout the 25 turbulent years of its development. This story provides a microcosm of the history of Ireland and its relationship with globalisation. Three very difficult milestones were passed during that period: (1) the hunger strikes in Northern Ireland in 1981; (2) the anti-abortion amendment to the Irish constitution in 1983; and (3) the Live Aid campaign in 1984. This was the ground from which the women's community education movement grew. In this article, the author argues that colonisation is an earlier phase of globalisation, and that colonisation can take the form of domination by another state, or the form of controlling the lifeworld through religion. Connolly suggests that people can end poverty through learning from the experiences of colonised peoples and that they can use the process of globalisation to help in the project. Globalisation is not neutral. But neither is it all bad.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)