By Camilla Fitzsimons

This e-book explores neighborhood schooling in eire and argues that neoliberalism has had a profound impression on group schooling. instead of maintain its foundational features of collective, equality-led rules and practices, neighborhood schooling has misplaced a lot of its independence and has been reshaped into areas characterized through labour-market activation, vocationalisation and marketisation. those alterations have usually, notwithstanding now not regularly, run opposite to the desires of these all for group schooling growing huge, immense tensions for practitioners, path prone and participants.

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Community education can nurture personal capacity, build social agency and foster critical awareness in a way that supports politicised praxis (a cyclical process of action and reflection that is explored in Chapter 4). ABOUT THE BOOK The book offers an account of community education across Ireland that both explores the impacts of neoliberalism and contemplates ways it can be opposed. It doesn’t just draw from existing literature but presents findings from research carried out in 2011–2013 that gives voice to over 220 community educators.

Chapter 3 showcases the work of community education by sharing examples of practice from the field. 32 COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND NEOLIBERALISM Chapter 4 – Critical Education and Community Education makes the case for a radical/critical approach to community education. It shares established philosophies of adult education with a particular emphasis on humanistic approaches, the philosophy that is most influential within community education. Humanism is problematised through the key ideas of the educationalist Paulo Freire whose theories of critical education are built on to incorporate a feminist pedagogy.

There has also been seepage of militarisation into seemingly innocuous spaces such as fictional television programmes, video games and films. To demonstrate, the 2014 Christmas day movie aired by the Irish national broadcaster Raidio Telilifis Eireann (RTÉ) was the animated film Arthur Christmas. This children’s adventure story retells the story of Santa Clause with a pronounced militaristic undertow. Santa is portrayed as a general of an army and his elves, dressed in full army fatigues and associated military paraphernalia are presented as soldiers, rather than selfless gift-bearers and workers.

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