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By Camilla Fitzsimons

This ebook explores group schooling in eire and argues that neoliberalism has had a profound impression on group schooling. instead of keep its foundational features of collective, equality-led rules and practices, neighborhood schooling has misplaced a lot of its independence and has been reshaped into areas characterized by way of labour-market activation, vocationalisation and marketisation. those adjustments have frequently, notwithstanding now not regularly, run opposite to the desires of these all for neighborhood schooling developing huge, immense tensions for practitioners, direction services and participants.

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This is through a substantial restructuring of State provision via a non-negotiated merger of 33 VECs and FÁS (The National 1 INTRODUCTION: COMMUNITY EDUCATION IN NEOLIBERAL TIMES 23 Training and Employment Authority) into 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) which was completed in 2013. Predictably, this reform was packaged as crucial in tidying up a disparate sector, and within “the need for efficiency, effectiveness and value in the deployment of public funding” (SOLAS 2014b: 6). These ETBs, themselves managed by a new national authority called SOLAS,11 hold responsibility for public community education.

Meetings were held on local green areas, in people’s homes and in community centres each of which built support for a national boycott and blockades were sometimes organised to prevent the instillation of water 26 COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND NEOLIBERALISM meters. In research examining the impacts of this community activism on some of the women involved, Lynch (2015: 61) concludes: Moving beyond the personal, the potential implications for communities, society and politics are even greater. Within their families and communities these women are educating and organising others, and encouraging active participation and collective action.

This individualism, an important cornerstone in neoliberalism, is increasingly cemented into hegemonic logic through the notion of social agency, or connections between ourselves and other community members. By improving social agency, communities can allegedly generate enough social capital (an interesting turn of phrase given its monetary comparative) to ensure greater community cohesion (Ratcliffe 2012). Reverse this, and the cause of social decline is because of deteriorating interpersonal relationships and broad disengagement from civil society spaces (Putnam 2000).

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