Learnning and Educationfor a Bettter World: The Role of by Anne Harley (auth.), Budd L. Hall, Darlene E. Clover, Jim

By Anne Harley (auth.), Budd L. Hall, Darlene E. Clover, Jim Crowther, Eurig Scandrett (eds.)

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It is a question of learning in practice and of combining theory and practice. “How to Put Up Resistance” has to be Learned as Well Another essential conclusion regarding learning to resist can be drawn on another level. After all, opposing one’s own habitus means to question and challenge social conditions, that is, to offer resistance. In the education protests, this challenge of a dominant worldview and social order has clearly taken place, even if it was not always explicit and not intended by everyone.

The practical sense can be understood as the unconscious dimension of actions and practice, as a direct, intuitive understanding of the world that is related to what is expected of the world and of the actions of other agents. The acquired explicit rules, the lived regularities and habits provide agents with orientation and stability. Their practical sense stabilises the inner balance by enabling them to adequately react to interpellations of the social environment. As a consequence, it does not only contribute to the maintenance of the social order, but also tends to contribute to the maintenance of existing power relations (McDonough, 2006), – by drawing on their practical sense, that they have built over a long period of time, human beings permanently rebuild structures of domination in their daily actions.

Anotherr example of action a learning in the protestt movements w were the so-caalled ‘Volxkü üchen’ (derived from the German G word ““Volksküchenn”, which literrally means “people’s “ kitch hens”) that weere establishedd rather fast annd maintainedd by volunteeers cooking donated food and a provided meals for freee in return foor a voluntarry donation. For F certain peo ople involved in the protesst this was a nnew experien nce of handlin ng food and enabled them to experienc e other formss of supplyin ng goods bey yond capitalissm.

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