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The formation of the willing citizen: Tracing reactive nihilism in late capitalist adult education
School of Education, health and society, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden. (Individ och samhälle VIDSOC)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1776-478X
Linköping University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Educational Philosophy and Theory, ISSN 0013-1857, E-ISSN 1469-5812, 1-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The role of education in citizen training has been well mapped out in youtheducation. What has been less studied is how this role comes into being inadult education. By providing illustrative empirical examples from a recentlycompleted study of adult students enrolled in adult education, this articleaims to offer a theoretical response to the question of the role of adulteducation in adult student citizen subjectivity formation. Taking on Diken’sconcept of ‘reactive nihilism’, we wish to make the following arguments. First,that citizen formation in adult education, when students are asked aboutit, is actualised as processes of re(dis)covery of will in order to be(come) asuccessful and happy citizen in society. Secondly, that these processes pointtowards a role of adult education as one where these formation processeswork in tandem with those of the reactive nihilists. This means that the citizenformation processes made possible in this educational site are those markedout by the desire to mobilise one’s will formation so that it adapts to theprevailing societal situation—that of late capitalism, which is a situation notconsidered by the adult students as possible to change.

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2017. 1-10 p.
Keyword [en]
Adult education, citizenship, reactive nihilism, capitalism, desire
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Pedagogy
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Individual and Society VIDSOC
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-13939DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2017.1338933Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021143099OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-13939DiVA: diva2:1128140
Available from: 2017-07-21 Created: 2017-07-21 Last updated: 2017-08-08Bibliographically approved

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