Life and Learning of Korean Artists and Craftsmen


By Dae Joong Kang

© 2015 – Routledge

170 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780415856775
pub: 2015-05-08
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About the Book

This book brings out the need for lifelong learning theory and explores how it is possible from a postmodern perspective. The book uses life history that has gained its popularity in social science research to overcome the dichotomy between individual and society or between agency and structure. Life history also reflects the postmodern or late-modern conditions of social life. In this book, the author uses a collection of published oral history narratives of famous Korean artists and craftsmen. The author maps out life and learning of five such artists and craftsmen with figurations of escaping, creating, controlling and formalizing. These figurations are images of ‘Rhizoactivity’ that the author proposes as a new conceptual tool to navigate lifelong learning from a postmodern perspective. This book signalises a new way of theory building in the field of adult and lifelong education. The Life and Learning of Korean Artists and Craftsmen: Rhizoactivity conceptualises:

  • Adult learning in terms of postmodern and lifelong learning conditions
  • Life histories as a method of researching lifelong learning
  • The four facets of artistic journeys – escaping, creating, controlling and formalizing

This book will interest researchers focusing on lifelong and adult education. Its use of social theories in its study of lifelong learning amongst Korean artists will also interest sociologists and educators concerned with the sociology of education.


Korean learning culture is bringing in new ideas, experiences and vision in the discourse on lifelong learning. -- Ruud Duvekot, associate professor ‘personalized lifelong learning’. Inholland University, the Netherlands

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Towards a postmodern theory of lifelong learning 2. Lifelong learning and Life history 3. Analysis and Representation 4. Escaping 5. Creating 6. Controlling 7. Formalizing 8. Figurations Revisited 9. Conclusion: From dal segno to crescendo

About the Author

Dae Joong Kang is Associate Professor in the College of Education at Seoul National University.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

This series presents the works of established and emerging scholars on the latest research and practices in the field of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Adult & Continuing Education
EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies