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Seeking conditions of possibility: conceptualizing the space for democratic discursive practices in adult education programme processes

Seeking conditions of possibility: conceptualizing the space for democratic discursive practices in adult education programme processes

Chopra, Priti (2010) Seeking conditions of possibility: conceptualizing the space for democratic discursive practices in adult education programme processes. In: British Association of International and Comparative Education Conference : Education and Social Justice in Challenging Times, 10-12 Sep 2010, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

I draw on an ethnographic based research study of gendered communication practices related to land ownership and adult education programme practice, in one village in Uttaranchal (India), in order to (re)conceptualize the space for democratic discursive practices in adult education programme processes. Through ethnographic accounts I explore the (im)possible experience of hearing the Other as a need for self-deconstruction in adult education programme processes. This I claim may open spaces for hearing and acknowledging the voices and silences of gendered adult education subjects speaking for themselves within adult education programme processes. I construct the ‘ideal’ adult education programme as an ‘empty signifier’ (Laclau 1989) in order to create spaces for officially recognising conflict and strategically creating consensus within adult education programme processes. The concept of the empty signifier enables me to move beyond discursive practices framing adult education processes as ‘bottom-up’ learner centred adult education programmes. I argue that such conceptualisations of adult education programmes create closure and silence around the discursive practices which reveal that any democratic process for adult education programmes does not transcend hegemonic discursive practices. I claim that it is only through the recognition of hegemony, within democratic adult education programme processes, that hegemonic relations can be transformed.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: Paper presented at BAICE 2010 conference, held 10-12 September 2010, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. It was one of three papers held in parallel sessions, with theme 'Adult Learning for Social Change' on 11 September 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult education, empowerment, democratic hegemony,
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
School of Education > Department of Professional Learning & Development
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:10
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/3923

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