Post-critical perspectives in Social Movement Learning

The case of deconsumption




deconsumption, consumer society, ethical consumption, post-critical pedagogy, social movement learning


The objective of this paper is to highlight the potential contributions of the post-critical perspective to social movement learning (SML). To achieve this aim, the study employs a thematic analysis of findings derived from a systematic literature review on deconsumption (an umbrella term understood as rejection of consumerism together with materialistic values prevalent in the Western consumer societies, encompassing movements such as voluntary simplicity, freeganism etc.). Identified themes are presented within the framework of post-critical pedagogy and analysed through its lens. This approach allows the researcher to demonstrate the implications and insights of the post-critical perspective in SML and adult education. This article argues that integrating the post-critical perspective into SML can yield a novel understanding of pertinent issues within this subfield. Such an application not only broadens the scope of adult education but also expands post-critical pedagogy itself.


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Author Biography

Kamila Szyszka, Faculty of Social Science, University of Warmia and Mazury

A PhD candidate in the field of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland

An MA degree in Philosophy


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How to Cite

Szyszka, K. (2024). Post-critical perspectives in Social Movement Learning: The case of deconsumption . European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 15(2).



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