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Adult education as a heterotopia of deviation: a dwelling for the abnormal citizen
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden / Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden. (Kvinna, barn och familj, Woman, Child and Family)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1776-478X
2016 (English)In: Adult Education Quarterly, ISSN 0741-7136, E-ISSN 1552-3047, Vol. 66, no 2, 103-119 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We argue that municipal adult education (MAE) can be seen as a place for displaced and abnormal citizens to gain temporary stability, enabling their shaping into desirable subjects. Drawing on a poststructural discursive analysis, we analyse policy texts and interviews with teachers and students. Our analysis illustrates how two distinct student subjectivities are shaped: the rootless, unmotivated and irresponsible student and the responsible, motivated and goal-oriented one. The difference is that the latter of these subjectivities is positioned as desirable. MAE provides a temporary place in time, a heterotopia of deviation, allowing students to escape precarious employment. The heterotopia places the students in a positive utopian dream of the future. A utopia is not a real place, and what is to become of the students after finishing MAE is not determined; the students themselves should shape it. If they fail, in line with a neoliberal governmentality, it is their own fault. 

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Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 66, no 2, 103-119 p.
Keyword [en]
Heterotopia of deviation, Adult education, Foucault, Power, Citizenship, Precarious employment, poststructuralism
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Humanities and Social sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11796DOI: 10.1177/0741713615618447ISI: 000373217300001ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84977540252OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-11796DiVA: diva2:890284
Available from: 2016-01-01 Created: 2016-01-01 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved

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