Offering an original contribution to understanding an often-ignored aspect of our much-heralded 'knowledge-based economy,' this book decisively explodes the dual myths that working-class adults have inferior learning capacities and that talented youths naturally leave blue-collar careers. Livingstone and Sawchuk document the genuine learning practices of working-class people in unprecedented detail, using richly textured accounts of prior school experiences; current adult education course participation; and a wide array of learning resources in paid workplaces, households, and community settings. Criticizing dominant theories, the authors develop a powerful alternative explanation of working-class adult learning. Their analysis, grounded in the specific practices of everyday life, includes workers' own practical recommendations for changes in learning and work relations.
D. W. Livingstone is head of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work and professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto. Peter H. Sawchuk is professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Dimensions of learning and Work in the Knowledge Society: Starting with Workers and Researching the Hard Way (with D'Arcy Martin) Chapter 2 Beyond Cultural Capital Theory: Hidden Dimensions of Working Class Learning Chapter 3 Auto Workers: Lean Production and Rich Learning (with Reuben Roth) Chapter 4 Building a Workers' Learning Culture in the Chemical Industry Chapter 5 Learning, Restructuring, and Job Segregation at a Community College Chapter 6 Divisions of Labor/Divisions of Learning in a Small Parts Manufacturer Chapter 7 Garment Workers: Learning under Disruption (with Clara Morgan) Chapter 8 Household and Community-Based Learning: Learning Cultures and Class Differences beyond Paid Work Chapter 9 Surfacing the Hidden Dimensions of the Knowledge Society: The Struggle for Knowledge across Differences