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The Renaissance of Popular Education in the Suburbs

Young adults’ communities of practice for learning and social mobilisation in deprived suburbs in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Some positive signals from young people in Swedish suburbs have been noticed in recent years. Knowledge-seeking and constructive dialogue increasingly appear as an alternative to rock throwing and police confrontations. Rooted in Swedish popular education and global stories, a new type of activism is emerging with an aim to achieve suburban restoration. There are historical parallels to the mobilisation of the revivalist, temperance and labour movements over 100 years ago, but also the struggles of African-Americans, the North-American civil rights movement and the Arabic Spring are inspiring suburban youth to take action.

A central question asked in the project is whether the suburban youth is the group with the greatest social movement ambitions in Swedish society. And can this renaissance of popular education bring new opportunities for the marginalised youth in deprived areas?

The project The Renaissance of Popular Education in the Suburbs aims to explore the background to and emergence of these new forms of social and political organisations and movements created by young people, which can be viewed as reactions and alternatives to rock throwing, firebombs and police confrontations. The project has selected three organisations that emphasise knowledge and learning as central aspects of their work. They also display a strong interest in affiliation with the Swedish tradition of popular education.

Participants and Funding

Ove Sernhede

Johan Söderman

Swedish Research Council

Contact Information

Faculty of Education

PO Box 300, SE-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Västra Hamngatan 25

+46 (0)31 786 00 00

+46 (0)31 786 22 42

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