Paper presented the Inaugural Conference of the ESREA Network on Policy Studies in Adult Education, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 10-12 February
This paper makes the case that supranational and inter-states entities represent not only the outcome of political globalization processes but contribute to the discursive patterns of globalization. In particular, I illustrates as the UNESCO and the EU put forward specific ‘problematizations’ of AE as a policy response to the challenges posed by globalization processes. Each of these policy constructs assigns specific values and meanings to globalization processes, which not only reflect diverse institutional aims, but also partial understandings of the complexity embedded in contemporary globalization processes. Further, I argue that both discourses produce effects. One (the liability-effect) raises the quest for who is accountable to citizens in modern nation-states, while the other (the morality-effect) addresses the quest for who decide what is good or bad conduct, and for whose rights and obligations are not yet fully acknowledged.
Adult education; transnational policy; Unesco; European Union
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The Inaugural Conference of the ESREA Network on Policy Studies in Adult Education, 2012