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By Camilla Fitzsimons

This publication explores group schooling in eire and argues that neoliberalism has had a profound influence on neighborhood schooling. instead of maintain its foundational features of collective, equality-led rules and practices, neighborhood schooling has misplaced a lot of its independence and has been reshaped into areas characterized through labour-market activation, vocationalisation and marketisation. those adjustments have frequently, even though now not constantly, run opposite to the needs of these fascinated with neighborhood schooling growing huge, immense tensions for practitioners, path services and participants.

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By engaging with this communal dilemma, communitarianism, or the interactions between individuals and their community, is developed in a way that ensures these interactions are respectful, nurturing and diverse. To give an example, if we take a newly built urban estate on the outskirts of an established town or city, the formation of community is by creating identities, cultures and practices amongst residents that promote feelings of safety, significance and solidarity. Addressing the communal dilemma Clark sets, is to be open to accommodating the identities, cultures and practices of other neighbouring communities as well as embracing identitybased communities within our new estate.

Gesellshaft “is public life – it is the world itself” (Tönnies 1887/2002: 33) thus a space characterised by urbanism, heterogeneity and impersonality. The 40 COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND NEOLIBERALISM track from gemeinshaft to gesellshaft was born out of prudence as societies began to modernise. Not dissimilar to Tönnies, David Clark (1996) also refers to community as a social system that is continually negotiating its relationship with wider society. In his book Schools as Learning Communities, Clark draws out the importance of people, place, relationships, beliefs and values.

A culture of self-regulation is uncovered where locally implemented policies are at odds with the expectations of an accrediting body, in this case Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) Chapter 7 – Insiders, Outsiders and the Professionalisation of Community Education is principally about professionalisation and professionalism. Although both concepts are commonly interpreted as unproblematic and ostensibly positive, professionalisation is discussed in the context of inequality and social class.

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