The Rocky Road of Growing into Contemporary Citizenship: Dewey, Gramsci, and the Method of Democracy
Holma, K., & Kontinen, T. (2015). The Rocky Road of Growing into Contemporary Citizenship: Dewey, Gramsci, and the Method of Democracy. Studier i Pædagogisk Filosofi, 4(2), 24-37. https://doi.org/10.7146/spf.v4i2.20250
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Characterized by globalization, increasing pluralism, and new complexities of citizenship, the contemporary world poses challenges to the ways in which we conceptualize of the processes of searching for shared solutions to ever-complicated social problems. While the political rhetoric emphasizes the value of citizens’ participation, engagement, and “voices,” there are increasing feelings of frustration, incapacity, and disinterest on behalf of the citizens regarding the supposed eff ects of their political engagement. In order to conceptually grasp the problem of searching for shared solutions and the related challenges to education, we draw on John Dewey’s idea of the method of democracy and complement it with some critical perspectives inspired by Antonio Gramsci. We then refl ect on the implications of these ideas on contemporary adult education by discussing the notion of competence within the theoretical framework that we develop. On the whole, our work aims to contribute in establishing a framework for understanding the role of adult education in the process of ensuring a functional democratic society. ...