RENAISSANCE OF THE COMMON SENSE: Toward a Dialectical Understanding of Consumer Culture, Globalized Capitalism and Adult Learning Processes
Cultural ways of learning and knowledge construction were, historically, traditionally, social processes moving within and between families and communities. Negotiation, sharing and cooperation were (and are) key aspects of communal life and, as community tools, they are currently undervalued much to the detriment of the natural environment and civil society. Consumerism and globalized capitalism undermine cultural ways of knowing leading to deepening crises in both nature and community. Adult educators should aid in the development of a cultural framework that nurtures everyday learning processes and fosters an understanding of ecological interconnectedness. Meeting this tremendous challenge is a vital step in achieving a sustainable balance for civil society and the broader ecology.
Globalization , Education , Ethics , Morality , Capitalism , Social ecology , Consumer behavior , Philosophy , Adult education , Adult learning