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    Critical education in the Irish repeal movement

    Fitzsimons, Camilla (2022) Critical education in the Irish repeal movement. Studies in the Education of Adults, 54 (2). pp. 128-144. ISSN 0266-0830

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    This article is written from a pro-choice perspective. Through a radical, inclusive feminist lens, I examine educational aspects of the Irish repeal movement; a 35 year long, grassroots movement that forced the hand of reluctant politicians into calling a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment. I draw from websites and media interviews, my own experience as an academic-activist, and aspects of comprehensive mixed methods research I carried out over a three-year period (2018–2021). I maintain it was the independent (non-state funded) nature of pro-choice groups that enabled them to determine their own structures and tactics including participative, dialogic, hands-on, adult education. As the Irish reproductive rights movement enters a new phase of seeking to improve one of Europe’s most conservative laws, I argue for a reproductive justice approach that expands its demands far beyond the single issue of abortion access. An ongoing critical pedagogic dimension is crucial as part of this struggle.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: eighth amendment; reproductive justice; critical pedagogy; adult education; social movements; Ireland; grassroots activism;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 18055
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    Depositing User: Camilla Fitzsimons
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2024 12:15
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in the Education of Adults
    Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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