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ERIC Number: EJ931673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Paradoxes of Solidarity: Democracy and Colonial Legacies in Swedish Popular Education
Dahlstedt, Magnus; Nordvall, Henrik
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v61 n3 p244-261 Aug 2011
Over the years, there have been several attempts to spread the "Swedish model" of popular education, that is, study circles and folk high schools, to countries in other parts of the world. In this article, the authors analyze the large-scale project of establishing folk development colleges in Tanzania in the 1970s and 1980s, by emphasizing the ways in which Swedish popular educators have described the folk development college project. Theoretically, the article is based on a postcolonial framework, highlighting the continuing importance of the legacies of colonialism in today's society. One of the main conclusions in the article is that in the process of "exporting" the idea of popular education to other parts of the world, there is an ongoing formation of national self-images in contrast to images of the Other, where there is a constant risk of reproducing ideas from a colonial past. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden; Tanzania