TITLE

Paradoxes of Solidarity: Democracy and Colonial Legacies in Swedish Popular Education

AUTHOR(S)
Dahlstedt, Magnus; Nordvall, Henrik
PUB. DATE
August 2011
SOURCE
Adult Education Quarterly;Aug2011, Vol. 61 Issue 3, p244
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
63150826

 

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