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Shaping ethical and civic identities: the devaluation and revaluation of service learning.

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Nov 2019

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This paper uses the lens of ‘service learning’ to explore some of the practical and ethical challenges of envisaging and providing preparation for social and vocational life. The first half considers some influential but narrow constructions of service learning, showing how these sit within and reproduce broader instrumentalist and transactional currents that are, at best, ethically impoverished but also seemingly corrosive of the ends they are supposed to support. The second half draws on some concepts from ethical and social theory, specifically work on relational ontology, to indicate richer and more promising directions for conceiving of the lessons of service.

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