Deindustrialisation, community, and adult education: The North East England experience

Mary Forster, Margaret Petrie, James Crowther

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This article argues for the continued importance of adult education in communities, an approach to adult education which has been maligned and ignored in policy that has, instead, incessantly prioritised employability skills training. The significance of adult education in communities is that it seeks to build the curriculum from the interests, aspirations, and problems that people experience in their everyday lives by providing opportunities for individual and collective change (more below). We draw on data taken from a study by one of the authors, which used a life history approach to explore the outcomes for 14 people from the deindustrialised North East England of participation in either employability skills training or community adult education. We document several themes through these stories: churning, surveillance, precarity, demoralisation, ontological insecurity, and personal renewal.
Original languageEnglish
Article number210
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Sciences
Issue number11
Early online date23 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • deindustrialisation
  • government programmes
  • community adult education
  • social class
  • gender


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