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Adult Education as a Heterotopia of Deviation : A Dwelling for the Abnormal Citizen

Sandberg, Fredrik LU ; Fejes, Andreas; Dahlstedt, Magnus and Olson, Maria (2016) In Adult Education Quarterly 66(2). p.103-119
Abstract (Swedish)
We argue that municipal adult education (MAE) can be seen as a place for displaced and abnormal citizens to gain temporary stability, enabling their shaping into desirable subjects. Drawing on a poststructural discursive analysis, we analyze policy texts and interviews with teachers and students. Our analysis illustrates how two distinct but interrelated student subjectivities are shaped: the rootless, unmotivated, and irresponsible student; and the responsible, motivated, and goal-oriented student. The difference is that the latter of these subjectivities is positioned as desirable. MAE provides a temporary place in time, a heterotopia of deviation, allowing students to escape precarious employment. The heterotopia places the students in... (More)
We argue that municipal adult education (MAE) can be seen as a place for displaced and abnormal citizens to gain temporary stability, enabling their shaping into desirable subjects. Drawing on a poststructural discursive analysis, we analyze policy texts and interviews with teachers and students. Our analysis illustrates how two distinct but interrelated student subjectivities are shaped: the rootless, unmotivated, and irresponsible student; and the responsible, motivated, and goal-oriented student. The difference is that the latter of these subjectivities is positioned as desirable. MAE provides a temporary place in time, a heterotopia of deviation, allowing students to escape precarious employment. The heterotopia places the students in a positive utopian dream of the future. A utopia is not a real place, and what is to become of the students after finishing MAE is not determined; the students themselves should shape it. If they fail, in line with a neoliberal governmentality, it is their own fault. (Less)
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heterotopia of deviation adult education Foucault power citizenship precarious employment poststructuralism
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Adult Education Quarterly
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  author       = {Sandberg, Fredrik and Fejes, Andreas and Dahlstedt, Magnus and Olson, Maria},
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  keyword      = {heterotopia of deviation adult education Foucault power citizenship precarious employment poststructuralism},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {103--119},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Ltd},
  series       = {Adult Education Quarterly},
  title        = {Adult Education as a Heterotopia of Deviation : A Dwelling for the Abnormal Citizen},
  volume       = {66},
  year         = {2016},
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