Tales of Adult Learning, Relationships and Social Change within the National Citizen Service

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This chapter draws on my ethnographic inquiry for my PhD as I followed a group of young people and their young adult staff engaged in a government sponsored citizenship programme - the National Citizen Service (NCS). NCS is critiqued for its neoliberal approach to citizenship with defined learning outcomes for the young people with little scope for meaningful engagement with local issues. The validity to these criticisms obscures the alternative ‘stories’ that are present in the day-to-day practices of the programme – the building of relationships negotiated through reciprocity and shared learning. Using a posthuman approach that considers materiality, refutes binaries, and emphasises relationality, I explore these alternative stories highlighting the capacity for social change that comes from doing the ‘little things’ together. It is in the everyday, small interactions which come to matter to those affected and opens up the potential for different futures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdult Learning and Social Change in the UK
EditorsJules Robbins, Alan Rogers
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
ISBN (Print)9781350262133
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2023

Publication series

NameAdult Learning, Literacy and Social Change

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