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Resisting Neoliberalism in EducationLocal, National and Transnational Perspectives$
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Lyn Tett and Mary Hamilton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447350057

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447350057.001.0001

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The appropriation of cultural, economic and normative frames of reference for adult education: an Italian perspective

The appropriation of cultural, economic and normative frames of reference for adult education: an Italian perspective

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(p.167) 11 The appropriation of cultural, economic and normative frames of reference for adult education: an Italian perspective
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Resisting Neoliberalism in Education
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Marcella Milana

Francesca Rapanà

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447350057.003.0012

This contribution sheds light on the complex dynamic that produces cultural, economic and normative frames of reference for popular adult education. A cultural frame is what gives meaning, and assigns values to, popular adult education as a context, place-, and time-specific experience. A normative frame is what legitimises its provision, whereas an economic frame is what makes it sustainable. The authors apply a frame analysis to an Italian Third Age University, as an illustrative case, to examine its establishment and continuous operation over four decades, despite today’s dominant neoliberal discourse based on a competitive market approach. Drawing on this analysis, the authors pinpoint some actions that may open interstices for resistance to such a dominant discourse by popular adult education providers, but also policy makers, professionals, and volunteers who support or are involved in popular adult education.

Keywords:   Neoliberalism, education, higher education, universities, international, resistance, sociology of education

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