Community Education and Neoliberalism

Philosophies, Practices and Policies in Ireland

  • Camilla¬†Fitzsimons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Community Education, Philosophies and Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Camilla Fitzsimons
      Pages 37-67
    3. Camilla Fitzsimons
      Pages 69-102
    4. Camilla Fitzsimons
      Pages 103-130
  3. The Neoliberalisation of Community Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-132
    2. Camilla Fitzsimons
      Pages 133-162
    3. Camilla Fitzsimons
      Pages 163-193
    4. Camilla Fitzsimons
      Pages 227-245
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 247-287

About this book


This book explores community education in Ireland and argues that neoliberalism has had a profound effect on community education. Rather than retain its foundational characteristics of collective, equality-led principles and practices, community education has lost much of its independence and has been reshaped into spaces characterised by labour-market activation, vocationalisation and marketisation. These changes have often, though not always, run contrary to the wishes of those involved in community education creating enormous tensions for practitioners, course providers and participants.


critical pedagogy new public management neoliberalisation history of community education Paulo Friere lifelong learning professionalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Camilla¬†Fitzsimons
    • 1
  1. 1.Maynooth University MaynoothIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-45936-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-45937-0
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