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The State, Civil Society and the Citizen

Exploring Relationships in the Field of Adult Education in Europe

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Edited By Michal Bron Jr., Paula Guimarães and Rui Vieira de Castro

This book contributes to the setting out of a new, better informed and complex basis for discussions about the relationships between the State, the civil society and the citizen in distinct European countries and regions. It will be useful to researchers in the field of adult education, as well as social scientists interested in topics related to civil society, such as NGOs, social economists, and practitioners concerned with the trends that are forcing adult education to recontextualise its aims and practices.

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PART I Introduction

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Chapter 1 On the complexity of relationships between the State, civil society and the citizen within adult education Paula Guimarães, Michał Bron Jr and Rui Vieira de Castro The debate on the relationships between the State, civil society and the citizen is the major issue of discussion in this book, which focuses mainly on social, eco- nomic, political and educational changes that are being experienced at the pre- sent time in a wide range of contexts, and on how they interact with transforma- tions of adult education. These transformations are caused, among other factors, by globalisation, the growing importance of supra-national and international or- ganisations, the re-structuring of nation-states and eventually the re-definition of civil society, organisations and individual citizens. Indeed, the changes being mentioned are challenging adult education which, in its turn, either contributes to or resists them. How are the relationships between the State, civil society and the citizen being shaped by social, economic, political and educational factors? How have these relationships been influenced by global, international and supra-national trends, as well as by the plural, diverse and heterogeneous perspectives gener- ated in national and local settings? How is adult education dealing with such changes? The discussions, which are found in this book, try to answer the previ- ous questions by focusing on issues that the authors found relevant. Based on different theoretical perspectives and assuming diverse method- ological approaches, the chapters of the book express the voices of their authors on themes that are characterised by...

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