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ERIC Number: EJ766891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
First Nations Education and Rentier Economics: Parallels with the Gulf States
Minnis, John R.
Canadian Journal of Education, v29 n4 p975-997 2006
In this article, I draw parallels between the Arab countries of the Gulf region and Canada's First Nations, focusing on how dependence on unearned income may be linked to educational underachievement. The rentier dynamics in the Gulf region has weakened ties between state and society, constructing one-way patronage flows without benefit or need for significant social consent. Despite vast investments in human capital, educational outcomes in the Gulf have fallen far short of expectations. Within a similarly structured rent seeking milieu on First Nations reserves, I explore the possibility that educational underachievement may be linked to a rentier mentality, characterized by a disjunction between educational effort and probable reward. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada