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Author Berg, Anne, 1981- author

Title The capitalist state and the construction of civil society : public funding and the regulation of popular education in Sweden, 1870-1991 / Anne Berg, Samuel Edquist
Published Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (208 pages)
Contents The Capitalist State and the Construction of Civil Society; Acknowledgements; Contents; Abbreviations Swedish; Abbreviation Swedish, with English translation; List of Figures; 1 Capitalist States and Civil Societies; The Capitalist State and Civil Society; The Construction of Civil Society; The Institutional Expressions of the Swedish Capitalist State; Research Setting and Methodology; What Is Popular Education?; Popular Education Research; The Approach of Our Study; Outline of the Book; Notes; 2 Autonomisation, or, Governing the Evolution of Freedom; The Nineteenth-Century Capitalist State
Defining the Boundaries: The Contradiction Between Ideal and Organised Popular EducationNotes; 6 Conclusion; The Capitalist State and the Strategy of Autonomisation; Autonomisation and the Historical Process of Bureaucratisation; Epilogue: Autonomisation the Neo-Liberal Way; Notes; Bibliography; Archival sources; Archives of the Ministry of Education and Ecclesiastical Affairs/Ministry of Education (EU); Archives of the National Board of Education (SÖ); Archives of the Popular Education Association and its predecessors (FBF); Riksdag publications
Notes4 Autonomisation and Bureaucratisation in the Welfare State Era; The Formation of the Welfare State and the Swedish Experience; The Making of a Popular Education Sector; An Overview of the Government Grant System from 1911 to 1991; General Usefulness for the State and the Nation; Integrating Public and Private Funding; The Bureaucratic Integration of Popular Education; The Rise of a Government Popular Education Bureaucracy; The Corporatist Nature of Study Associations; Creating Organisations for Services and Cooperation
Popular Education and the Popular ClassesThe Political Rationality of Subsidies for Popular Education; A Tale of Three Policies; Voluntary Education for Social Cohesion; The Enabling and Stabilising Role of Government Resources; The Grant System; Rising Grants, Rising Organisations; The Role of Public Funding for Folk High Schools and Lecture Societies; Notes; 3 Independent yet Functional and Rational; Governing Organisations; Bureaucratically Connected and Formalised Organisations; Circumscribing the Ideological Possibilities; Programmes for Social Consent; Apparatuses of Self-Regulation
The Corporatist Balance Between Popular Education and Government as Reality and IdeologyNotes; 5 Designing Popular Education; Governing Internal Organisational and Educational Practices; Defining Organisational and Educational Forms; Requiring Systematicity, Pedagogical Quality and Cooperation; Governing Ideological Content; Fostering a Democratic Mind: From Anti-Politics to the Popular Movement Spirit; Reproducing National Identity; Promoting Morals and Elevating the Youth; Safeguarding Educational and Cultural Quality
Summary This book challenges the idea that a sharp boundary should be drawn between the state and civil society. Although this idea is extremely common in modern capitalist societies, here it is turned on its head through a study of the ways in which public funding from the 1870s to the 1990s has enabled and shaped collective action in Swedish popular education. Popular education has generally been seen as independent of government control, with strong connections to popular and labour movements; in this volume, Berg and Edquist narrate a new story of its rise by analysing how a government grant system was constructed to drive its development. A key element in this government policy was to create and protect popular education as an autonomous phenomenon, yet making it perform state functions by regulating its bureaucratic make-up and ideological content. The book will appeal to scholars and students of history, education, and sociology, particularly those with an interest in the workings of the capitalist state as well as the history of education
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-202) and index
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Subject Capitalism -- Sweden -- History -- 19th century.
Capitalism -- Sweden -- History -- 20th century.
Civil society -- Sweden -- History -- 19th century.
Civil society -- Sweden -- History -- 20th century.
Education and state -- Sweden -- History -- 19th century.
Education and state -- Sweden -- History -- 20th century.
Education -- Sweden -- Finance -- History -- 19th century.
Education -- Sweden -- Finance -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Edquist, Samuel, author
ISBN 3319524550 (electronic bk.)
9783319524559 (electronic bk.)