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Learning, Work and Social Responsibility

Challenges for Lifelong Learning in a Global Age

Evans, Karen

2009, XVI, 274 p.

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  • Captures the contradictions and dangers of equating lifelong learning with individualisation and individual responsibility in high insecurity societies
  • Draws on more than 15 years of international research that has focused on the subjective experiences of ordinary people in the changing social landscapes of globalization and risk
  • Argues for broader and fairer forms of meritocracy, bringing work and the pursuit of broader social purposes into a better balance at all levels of the social world
  • Develops unique conceptual schema for rethinking ‘structure and agency’ in relation to learning, work and social responsibility

The political consensus on lifelong learning which marked the end of the 20th century fundamentally reshaped discourses on the role of lifelong learning. In ‘knowledge-based’ economies, we are engaged in a lifelong competition for livelihoods; learning for a living as part of a global learning revolution.

The argument (of the author), put simply, revolves around social justice, and active and engaged citizenry. Policies to encourage lifelong learning are based on the view that individuals must learn new things primarily to secure employment in an ever-changing world. The result of these policies has been to open up unsustainable inequalities which ordinary people are unlikely to tolerate for much longer. For politicians, bringing politics closer to the world and aspirations of ordinary people will mean seeking solutions based on broader and fairer forms of meritocracy and bringing work and the pursuit of broader social purposes into a better balance at all levels of the social world.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Global Learning - inclusion - learning - lifelong learning - lifelong learning, - social responsibility - work

Related subjects » Education & Language - Professional & Vocational Education

Table of contents 

Learning for a Living: The Powerful, the Dispossessed and the Learning Revolution.- Taking Control?: Early Adult Life in Contrasting Social Landscapes.- Students Anticipating the Future.- Workers in Control of the Present?.- Living at the Margins and Finding Ways toWork.- Gender, Work and Learning.- Participation, Social Life and Politics.- Beyond Individualisation: Human Strivings for Control of Their Lives.- Systems and Societies in Transition: Challenging Inequalities, Choosing Inclusion.

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