Learning, Experience and the Societal Unconscious: Combining a materialistic theory and a dialectic methodology

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This chapter reserves the term “Transformation” for substantial societal changes that involve social learning. It presents a psycho-societal approach that theorizes individual and collective learning as a potential dimension of societal life. It is a materialist approach based in social theory and psychodynamic, which sees learning and other subjective processes as embodied in the social practice of concrete living people. Epistemologically it is committed to a dialectical methodology for empirical studies of learning in everyday life, inside and outside educational settings, recognizing historical reality and tracing endogenous social dynamics that may emerge through individual and collective learning and contribute to societal transformations. Examples are studies of work life learning and potential transformations of the ecology of work life, with an outlook to wider society.
Translated title of the contributionLæring, Erfaring og det samfundsmæssigt ubevidste: materialistisk teori kombineret med dialektisk metodologi
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning for Transformation
EditorsAliki Nicolaides, Saskia Eschenbacher, marguerite Welch, Mitsunori Misawa, Petra Buergelt, Yabome Gilpin-Jackson
Number of pages28
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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