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How Does a Society Change?: Reflexivity in Politics and Education

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How Does a Society Change?: Reflexivity in Politics and Education

Ingerid S. Straume, "How Does a Society Change?: Reflexivity in Politics and Education "
English | ISBN: 178661152X | 2023 | 158 pages | EPUB, PDF | 789 KB + 2 MB

One of the most challenging questions of today concerns how human activities threaten the conditions for our very own existence. With one crisis leading into the next, the need for socio-political change is necessary and desirable, yet so hard to imagine in practice. At the heart of the matter is a deeper crisis of the socio-political imagination.
To understand how a society produces and changes itself, Ingerid S. Straume points to historical and contemporary institutions and the imaginaries they embody, and argues that the key to social creativity is found in the reflexive potential of institutions, especially politics and education. Neoliberal rationality, on its part, has become dominant in many parts of the world, precisely by occulting the socio-political capacity for self-reflection. This occultation takes place in academic theories, policy reforms, technologies, and in individuals’ self-understanding. In response to the planetary eco-crises and the weakening of democratic ideals, a new approach is needed where collectives, not individuals in isolation, become the mode for living well within existing, natural limits.
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