Shifting shadows in postmodern communities

Schulz, Christine 2008, Shifting shadows in postmodern communities, in TASA 2008 : Reimagining Sociology : Proceedings of The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association, TASA, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-19.

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Title Shifting shadows in postmodern communities
Author(s) Schulz, Christine
Conference name The Australian Sociological Association. Conference (2008 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic
Conference dates 2 - 5 December 2008
Title of proceedings TASA 2008 : Reimagining Sociology : Proceedings of The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association
Editor(s) Majoribanks, T.
Barraket, J.
Chang, J-S.
Dawson, A.
Guillemin, M.
Henry-Waring, M.
Kenyon, A.
Kokanovic, R.
Lewis, J.
Lusher, D.
Nolan, D.
Pyett, P.
Robins, R.
Warr, D.
Wyn, J.
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian Sociological Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 19
Publisher TASA
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Postmodern society frequently presents new technologies and ways of doing things. The definition of community has been reshaped by the impact of globalisation. Distances have been reduced by people’s ability to access various types of technology. Many nations foster Lifelong Learning because education is believed to be ‘one of the principal means available to foster a deeper and more harmonious form of human development’ (Delors 1996: un). Networking among communities and/or stakeholders links social and educational resources. In Victoria, initiatives such as the Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) have resulted in networks of local stakeholders to scaffold the school to work transition. Schools, Adult Community Education (ACE) providers and Technical and Further Education (TAFE) providers have networked to provide alternative pathways to further education or work for young people in years 11 and 12. However, despite the intent of lifelong learning to overcome exclusion and increase social capital, Bauman (1998) indicates that the freedoms of postmodernity may result in feelings of powerlessness, as previously secure spaces become destabilised. This paper, drawing on the theories of Bauman, discusses some consequences that the shifting of local and global boundaries has on communities and asks if lifelong learning meets the challenges of postmodernity.
Notes Paper found under section : New Discourses, New Pedagogies, New Identities
ISBN 9780734039842
Language eng
Field of Research 160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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