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Robert Mizzi, York University

Abstract

Through policy-oriented research and in-depth interviews, this research project investigated what kinds of discourses could possibly be structuring the lives of adult educators who work in international development. One significant theme that emerged in the data was the presence of “image” as a microtechnology of power that not only demanded silence around “controversial” identity- differences, but also encouraged adult educators to adopt a public identity that was more congruent to the accepted norms of the workplace.

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professionalism, international development, adult educator identity

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Clipped Wings: Professionalism Structuring Adult Educators in a Globalized Workplace

Through policy-oriented research and in-depth interviews, this research project investigated what kinds of discourses could possibly be structuring the lives of adult educators who work in international development. One significant theme that emerged in the data was the presence of “image” as a microtechnology of power that not only demanded silence around “controversial” identity- differences, but also encouraged adult educators to adopt a public identity that was more congruent to the accepted norms of the workplace.