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Publication . Article . 2021

Computing the Nordic Way : The Swedish Labour Movement, Computers and Educational Imaginaries from the Post-War Period to the Turn of the Millennium

Lina Rahm;
Open Access
English
Published: 01 Jan 2021
Publisher: KTH, Historiska studier av teknik, vetenskap och miljö
Country: Sweden
Abstract

Based on empirical material from Swedish reformist labour movement associations, this article illustrates how digital technology has been described as a problem (and sometimes a solution) at different points in time. Most significant, for this article, is the role that non-formal adult education has played in solving these problems. Computer education has repeatedly been described as a measure not only to increase technical knowledge, but also to construe desirable (digital) citizens for the future. Problematisations of the digital have changed over time, and these discursive reconceptualisations can be described as existing on a spectrum between techno-utopian visions, where adaptation of the human is seen as a task for education, and techno-dystopian forecasts, where education is needed to mobilise democratic control over threatening machines. As such, the goal for education has been one of political control—either to adapt people to machines, or to adapt machines to people. QC 20220210

Subjects by Vocabulary

Library of Congress Subject Headings: lcsh:History of education lcsh:LA5-2396

Microsoft Academic Graph classification: Popular education Democracy media_common.quotation_subject media_common Task (project management) Period (music) Adaptation (computer science) Politics Public relations business.industry business Vision Political science Adult education

Subjects

educational imaginaries, popular education, history, labour movement history, computer history, workers' education history, Pedagogy, Pedagogik, educational imaginaries, popular education, history, labour movement history, computer history, workers' education history, Education

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