Post-Secondary Education on the Edge: Self-Improvement and Community Development in a Cape Breton Coal Town

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This ethnographic study addresses the ways residents of an economically distressed community in Nova Scotia perceive post-secondary education. Historically, the efficacy of education as an economic development strategy has been contradicted by the lack of work available locally and the personal costs associated with acquiring credentials. Yet education has been and continues to be a strong central value for this community. This book confirms the opportunities educational achievement can offer to individuals and ...
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Overview

This ethnographic study addresses the ways residents of an economically distressed community in Nova Scotia perceive post-secondary education. Historically, the efficacy of education as an economic development strategy has been contradicted by the lack of work available locally and the personal costs associated with acquiring credentials. Yet education has been and continues to be a strong central value for this community. This book confirms the opportunities educational achievement can offer to individuals and yet questions how credentials alone can lift economically distressed communities as a whole if the systemic issue of regional political economy is not addressed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780820455464
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2002
  • Series: Cultural Critique Ser.
  • Pages: 149
  • Product dimensions: 60.00 (w) x 87.50 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 "Come from Away" 1
Superstition of Rarity 6
Aspirations and Educational Consciousness 9
Cape Breton: A Rock in the Stream 12
Living in Cape Breton 14
Organisation of the Text 16
Ch. 2 "From the Bay" 19
Black Around the Eyes: A History of Coal 23
Glace Bay Identity 28
The Politics of Class: "Us" and "Them" 36
Ch. 3 "No Burden to Carry" 43
Popular Education 45
Going to University: Higher Education in Glace Bay 53
"Our Young Fella": Educational Aspirations 58
The High School on the Highway 64
Conclusion: Shifting the Burden 67
Ch. 4 "Training for What?" 71
Human Capital Development 72
Education as Big Business 78
The "Pogie": Education as Unemployment Insurance 79
The TAGS Program: A Case Study 85
Ch. 5 Local Literacy 97
Everyday Literacy 100
Applying Local Wisdom: Decision-Making 109
Multiple Literacies: Insiders and Outsiders 113
Authority and Expertise: The Limits of Local Literacy 118
Ch. 6 Barbarians at the Gate 125
Community Ceilidh 128
Living "Away" 131
Imported Knowledge 133
Local Learning 134
Death of the King 137
Bibliography 139
Index 147
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