Popular education by and for migrants. A study of preconditions for involvement of migrant study circle participants in the Swedish Workers’ Educational Association

Annika Pastuhov, Henrik Nordvall, Ali Osman

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Abstract

This article explores the role of popular education for migrants in a social movement context. The aim of this study is to explore how migrants’ societal involvement is enabled and constrained by participation in study circles organised in a local branch of the Swedish Workers’ Educational Association (ABF). The study was designed and conducted in close cooperation with ABF. Drawing on the theory of practice architectures, the preconditions for involvement of migrant study circle participants in ABF are ana- lysed using participant interview data. The analysis of cultural- discursive, material-economic, and social-political arrangements shows how the study circles are highly integrated into various ethnic associations, thus preconditioning societal involvement with upholding an ethno-cultural heritage. Societal involvement is enabled as the participants can share social resources, informa- tion, and knowledge for both navigating in and relating to the local community and society at large. Societal involvement is constrained by scarce resources and challenges related to main- taining and developing constructive relationships, both within the group and in relation to the surrounding society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEducation Inquiry
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • popular education
  • migrants
  • study circles
  • labour movement
  • theory of practice architectures

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