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Discourses of lifelong learning: health as a governing technique in the shaping of the Swedish population
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Educational sciences, Educational science, Education. (Pedagogik)
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Lifelong Education, ISSN 0260-1370, E-ISSN 1464-519X, Vol. 38, no 3, p. 287-300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focus on how the Swedish population is shaped into desirable citizens as resources for the nation’s prosperity. The aim is to analyse how health operates as a governing technique in discourses of lifelong learning. Within such current discourses the population is today described as generally well-educated and healthy, but not educated or healthy enough. When constructed as being in need of enhancement, measures of learning are suggested for regulating certain groups of the population into becoming what is regarded as desirable. Making use of Foucault’s notions of governmentality and genealogy, white and green papers from the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs from 1930s and today (2017) are analysed. The analysis shows that although the population is described as having different problems originating from ignorance, the solutions that are suggested in the different time periods are basically the same. The relation between learning and health is described in different ways in the 1930s and the present. In the 1930s learning is explained merely as a means to achieve a healthy population while in the present health is described both as a prerequisite and as an effect of learning. Further, there is also a difference in how the governing is conducted. 

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 38, no 3, p. 287-300
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education, genealogy, Governmentality, health, lifelong learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-27657DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2019.1592252Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85063249833OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-27657DiVA, id: diva2:1239342
Available from: 2018-08-16 Created: 2018-08-16 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved

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