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Empowerment

Kansas State University Libraries

Adult Education Research Conference

2011

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Rethinking Empowerment: Theories Of Power And The Potential For Emancipatory Praxis, Thomas Archibald, Arthur L. Wilson Jun 2011

Rethinking Empowerment: Theories Of Power And The Potential For Emancipatory Praxis, Thomas Archibald, Arthur L. Wilson

Adult Education Research Conference

In this paper, we make the case that “empowerment” is still a concept which requires closer scrutiny, for both practical and theoretical reasons. Building on critiques of empowerment and on calls to more consciously address the power relations inherent in adult education, we lay the groundwork for a practical theory of action whereby education practitioners and researchers can work towards salvaging empowerment’s emancipatory potential.