Working and Educating for Life: Feminist and International Perspectives on Adult Education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Working and Educating for Life

Feminist and International Perspectives on Adult Education, 1st Edition

By Mechthild Hart


262 pages

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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

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Adult Education

Against a background of profound wordwide social and economic change, the concept of lifelong learning has come increasingly into the public eye. As educators and policy-makers rethink the meaning of education, the purpose of schooling and the place of learning in our everyday lives, educational institutions are opening up to those traditionally deprived of the opportunity. The books in this set, originally published between 1979 and 1992 with many including global case studies reflect upon major issues confronting adult educators worldwide and

  • discuss the role of adult education in social and community action
  • examine the relationship between class and adult education
  • look at the concept of culture and the transmission of cultural values in relations to adult education
  • evaluate the role of adult education in reducing unemployment
  • case studies of adult education programmes in Afria, Asia and Latin America.

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