Originally published in 1992, this book presents an alternative view of adult education. The author moves the analysis from the usual focus in adult education literature on skills and skill deficitys, and concentrates instead on the educational potential of work itself. By linking issues of gender and the developing world, an alternative concept of work and productivity is formulated, serving as the basis for new approaches and paradigms in adult education. The book draws on two decades of studying critical social, political and economic, educational and feminist theory and examines the link between the international and sexual division of labour, and at the relationship between work, nature and technology.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Adult Education and the Future of Work Part 1: Sexual and International Division of Labour 1. The New International Division of Labour 2. The Export of Sexual Inequality 3. A New Sexist Division of Labour Part 2: The Divided Curriculum: Careers and Jobs 4. Good Work and Liberal Education for Careers 5. Educating Cheap Labour Part 3: Work and the Relationship to Nature 6. The Chaning Forms of Subsistence Labour 7. Necessity and Freedom Part 4: Skills and Knowledge 8. The Reconceptualization of skills 9. The Triumph of Instrumental Rationality 10. The Miseducative Experience of Work Part 5: Working and Educating for Life 11. Productive Work 12. Subsistence Knowing 13. Summary and Conclusions: Rethinking Work and Education