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    Neo-Liberalism, Irish Society and Adult Education


    Finnegan, Fergal (2008) Neo-Liberalism, Irish Society and Adult Education. The Adult Learner. ISSN 978-0-906826-27-0

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    Abstract

    This article offers an overview of recent international scholarship on neo-liberalism in particular the work of the geographer and historian David Harvey and the recent books of the educationalist Henry Giroux. It begins with a brief historical account of neo-liberalism and outlines the main characteristics of the free market era. Irish society and education is analysed in light of this work arguing that this offers a useful model for understanding the rise in inequality, the changing nature of democracy and the shift in social values that we have witnessed in Ireland over the past decade. The article finishes with a brief exploration of the impact of free market ideas on contemporary adult education and the relevance this has for the ongoing debate over different versions of lifelong learning

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Neo-Liberalism; Irish Society; Adult Education;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 4780
    Depositing User: Fergal Finnegan
    Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 14:27
    Journal or Publication Title: The Adult Learner
    Publisher: The National Association of Adult Education
    Refereed: Yes
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