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ERIC Number: EJ976999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0620
"Sticking Together!" Policy Activism from within a UK Coal-Mining Community
Bright, N. Geoffrey
Journal of Educational Administration and History, v44 n3 p221-236 2012
This article reflects on some aspects of a doctoral ethnographic study of young people disaffected from schooling in a post-industrial space of ruin in a former coal-mining community in England. It considers how their experiences of resistance and refusal of schooling can, in the relational ethos of non-school support settings, come to speak back to hegemonic policy, particularly around "aspiration". Focusing on the example of a young people's film project, data are assembled showing how a local culture of "resistant aspiration"--itself affectively linked to sedimented traditions of insubordination--forms a site of activist possibility. In this site, the ground-level resistance of the young people and the more strategically informed interventions of a group of locally originating staff come together in a moment of policy activism that displays both scope and limitation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)