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Popular Adult and Labor Education Movement in Sweden—History, Content, Pedagogy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Number of Authors: 1
2016 (English)In: International labor and working class history, ISSN 0147-5479, E-ISSN 1471-6445, Vol. 90, 12-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden, workers’ education—Arbetarbildning—is part of the all-embracing popular adult education movement that assumed its organizational consolidation in the late 1800s. Popular education—Folkbildning—is a culturally determined practice of social communication with roots in the Reformation and the Enlightenment, playing a decisive role in the shaping of the Swedish labor movement in the late 1800s, the history of which is intertwined with democratization and the transformation of Sweden into a highly developed welfare society. The pedagogical and ideological configuration of labor education in Sweden is surveyed from a historical perspective through the lenses of the Workers’ Educational Association (ABF) and the labor movement's most powerful branches: the Social Democratic Party (SAP) and the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO). Workers’ education was utilized as a political strategy for a just and equitable society, via successive reforms, based on knowledge and initiated and supported by well-informed citizens.

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2016. Vol. 90, 12-27 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136931DOI: 10.1017/S0147547916000235ISI: 000386638100003OAI: diva2:1060913
Available from: 2016-12-30 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2016-12-30Bibliographically approved

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