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Social Pedagogy and Critical Theory: A Conversation with Hans Thiersch

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International Journal of Social Pedagogy

UCL Press

social pedagogy, critical theory, lifeworld orientation, Frankfurt school

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      Hans Thiersch was born on May 16, 1935 in Recklinghausen, Germany. His work became particularly influential since the 1970s, when he applied the concept of lifeworld orientation to social pedagogy. Indeed, Thiersch can be considered one of the representatives of a critical social pedagogy. Since his retirement in 2002, he has been a professor emeritus of Education and Social Pedagogy at the University of Tübingen. He has also co-edited the handbook of social work / social pedagogy. Professor Thiersch has published extensively on a variety of topics related to education, social work, youth welfare, residential care, morality and justice. However, because most of his publications are in German, his work is not well known outside of Germany. On a rainy evening of October 2013 in Frankfurt, I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Professor Thiersch.

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      Arizona State University, USA
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      Correspondence to: D. Schugurensky, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation, P.O. Box 876403, Tempe, AZ 85287-6403, USA. Email: dschugur@ 123456asu.edu

      *Daniel Schugurensky is the coordinator of the Social and Cultural Pedagogy Program at Arizona State University (ASU), where he is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Social Transformation. Before coming to ASU, he was the coordinator of the Adult Education and Community Development Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Among his recent publications are Volunteers for democracy: informal learning through participatory budgeting (2013), Social pedagogy: historical traditions and transnational connections (2013), Volunteer work and informal learning: a conceptual discussion (2013), and Paulo Freire (2011).

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      International Journal of Social Pedagogy
      IJSP
      UCL Press (UK )
      2051-5804
      1 January 2014
      : 3
      : 1
      : 4-14
      10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2014.v3.1.002
      Copyright © 2014 The Author(s)

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