Re-claiming social purpose and adding values to the world around us

Debbie Horsfall, Joy Higgs

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We are rather angry that we have to write about re-claiming social purpose and adding value to the world. It is, to say the least, distressing. It disrupts and challenges our beliefs in the emancipatory agenda of the educational project and it destabilises any ideas of having made some sort of contribution to “the better society”. It speaks to the fact that we may have failed, or at least not worked hard enough. Our whole sense of purpose has been to make a difference, to pursue social good, to add value not only to the world around us but to the people around us. A rather grandiose notion you may say. Possibly. But it has been the ethical and moral compass of our work. We share the moral outrage of Hessel (2011). Perhaps it is time for such outrage?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging future practice possibilities
EditorsJoy Higgs, Steven Cork, Debbie Horsfall
Place of PublicationRotterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherBrill | Sense
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9789004400795
ISBN (Print)9789004400788, 9789004400771
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NamePractice Futures
PublisherBrill Sense


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