The Societal Unconscious

Psychosocial Perspectives on Adult Learning

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The Societal Unconscious presents an innovative development of theory and methodology for adult education and learning research, recognizing psychodynamic dimensions of learning processes. With few exceptions the unconscious has been neglected in critical adult education research. The psychosocial approach in this book seeks to re-integrate the societal and the psychodynamic dimensions in analyzing adult learners and learning processes.

The book responds to contemporary awareness of the societal and cultural nature of subjectivity with a new material and dialectic psychosocial theory, comprising conscious as well as unconscious levels. Tracing interdisciplinary inspirations it sets a new broad horizon for in-depth understanding of learning in everyday life.

A number of empirical analyses demonstrate the entanglement of societal and psychodynamic dimensions of learning. Firstly, a part of the chapters deals with the complex subjective continuities and discontinuities in individual learning and career. Secondly, other chapters comprise analyses of leadership and the social psychology of organizational processes, and the psycho-social aspects of institutional regeneration. Thirdly, the book presents outlooks into the social psychology dimensions of wider societal and political processes, including "identity politics" and xenophobia. A last chapter finalizes the theoretical basis of the methodology.
Udgivelses stedBoston/Rotterdam
ForlagBrill | Sense
Antal sider230
ISBN (Trykt)9789004420267 , 9789004420250
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789004420274
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2019
NavnResearch on the Education and Learning of Adults

Citer dette

Olesen, H. S. (red.) (2019). The Societal Unconscious: Psychosocial Perspectives on Adult Learning. Boston/Rotterdam: Brill | Sense. Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, Nr. 8