The Societal Unconscious: Psychosocial Perspectives on Adult Learning

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Abstract

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 psycho-social 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 a psycho-social 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. One section deals with the complex subjective continuities and discontinuities in individual learning and career. Another section comprises analyses of leadership and the social psychology of organizational processes, and the psychosocial aspects of institutional regeneration. A third section presents outlooks into the social psychology dimensions of wider societal and political processes, including “identity politics” and xenophobia.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBrill | Sense
Number of pages251
ISBN (Print)9789004420267
ISBN (Electronic)9789004420250
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesResearch on the Education and Learning of Adults
Number8

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