ERIC Number: ED464203
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The Storage and Transmission of Men's Non-Formal Skills in Working Class Communities: A Working Paper. NALL Working Paper.
Smith, Dorothy E.
A descriptive study observed the transmission of manual job skills from older to younger men in working class communities in Ontario and the effects of massive downsizing in industrial plants on this process. Current as well as previous ethnographic research was used. Some of the outcomes of the continual downsizing included the following: (1) the restructuring that destroyed many working-class communities also destroyed the social organization that stored and transmitted manual skills among men in working class communities; (2) within the workplace, the development of managerial technologies expropriated workers' skills and supported greater control of management over the work process and training; (3) the informal relationships among working-class men that were part of the community as well as the workplace were weakened by increasing technology, decreasing workforce, and managerial control; and (4) this process was gender-specific to men and included the transmission of values, such as anti-intellectualism and disdain for academic occupations. (Contains 13 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Blue Collar Occupations, Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Cultural Interrelationships, Developed Nations, Dislocated Workers, Economic Change, Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Industrial Personnel, Industrial Structure, Industrial Training, Information Transfer, Job Layoff, Job Skills, Labor Market, Males, Nonformal Education, On the Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Social Background, Social Structure, Structural Unemployment, Technological Advancement, Working Class
For full text: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/depts/sese/csew/nall/res/38storageand trans.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. New Approaches to Lifelong Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Canada