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

Rennolds, Natasha ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8169-534X (2023) Tales of Adult Learning, Relationships and Social Change within the National Citizen Service. In: Adult Learning and Social Change in the UK. Adult Learning, Literacy and Social Change . Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK, pp. 107-126. ISBN 9781350262126

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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Social Work
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Research on Children and Families
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Date Deposited: 16 May 2023 08:32
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 08:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/92067

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