The 'Accidental Activist': Learning, Embodiement and Action

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Ollis, Tracey (2008) The 'Accidental Activist': Learning, Embodiement and Action. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 48 (2). pp. 316-335. ISSN 1443-1394


The 21st century has seen renewed interest in activism, community development and social change globally (Kenny 2006). This paper outlines the educational significance of the learning practices of activists as they engage within and against the state. In an era of adult education which emphasises lifelong learning and learning in the workplace, this article explores the holistic practices of activists as they learn from one another in a social context or ‘on the job’. Adult activists act with agency, their learning is purposive; it is resolute and they are there and act for a reason. This learning is not only cognitive but also embodied; it is learning often associated with the emotions of passion, anger, desire and a commitment to social change. Drawing on current research in Australia, attention is given to an important but at times forgotten epistemology of adult learning.

Item type Article
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1399 Other Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
Keywords ResPubID15567, adult education, organisational learning, adult learning, community development, community education, social movements, adult education, continuing education
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