Rural Transformation and Newfoundland and Labrador Diaspora

Grandparents, Grandparenting, Community and School Relations

  • Amarjit Singh
  • Mike Devine

Part of the Transgressions book series (TRANS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
    1. Amarjit Singh, Mike Devine
      Pages 1-39
  2. Place, Diaspora, Nostalgia, Hope, and Possibilities

  3. Sense of Community and Community Profiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Anne Marie Freake
      Pages 85-90
    3. Crystal Fitzpatrick
      Pages 101-107
    4. Jody Morrison
      Pages 133-138
    5. Nadine Vater
      Pages 139-146
    6. Sacha Anderson
      Pages 147-153
  4. Voices of Grandparents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Linda Coles
      Pages 157-175
    3. Pauline Lake, Marlene George
      Pages 177-186
    4. John Hoben
      Pages 187-206
    5. Jeffery Chard
      Pages 231-241
    6. Amy Blundon
      Pages 243-250
    7. Stephanie Samson
      Pages 251-259
    8. Margaret Ann Cleal
      Pages 261-270
    9. Tanya Fifield
      Pages 293-307
    10. Sharon Brophy
      Pages 335-346
    11. Sheena Mills
      Pages 347-353
    12. Gordon Ralph
      Pages 367-372
  5. From Feeling of Cultural Loss to Nostalgia to Agency (Praxis) for Sustaining Home and Place

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
    2. Mike Devine
      Pages 375-382
    3. Amarjit Singh, Joan Oldford
      Pages 383-433
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 435-436

About this book


This book is endorsed by Dr. Clar Doyle in his preface to this book. Dr. Doyle is very well known locally. This book is about the contemporary life of grandparents in Newfoundland and Labrador – a geographically isolated and culturally unique rural region of Canada. The book can be used for courses in the areas of critical social work, family studies, gerontology, nursing, rural development, critical pedagogy, and diaspora studies. Clar Doyle, Professor of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and member of the Founding Scholars Advisory Board, The Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy. “This book offers a platform not only to look in on the lives of vital grandparents but paints, in broad strokes, a mural of coming, changing, as well as challenging cultural and social settings…. In what the astute editors ….call “small nuanced studies” we find telling narratives of generational connections in the face of changing and challenging odds….This book does a great service to the concept of diaspora, as well as to the changing nature of that concept… This book elevates the status of grandparents by positioning them as vital members of a complex and challenging society where their skills, gifts, and sheer presence are most formative…. As is strongly advocated in this book, it is essential that educators, curriculum developers, and teachers appreciate the place of grandparents in their students’ lives.”


Diaspora Grandparenting and diaspora Local/global Voices of grandparents Rural communities/transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Amarjit Singh
    • 1
  • Mike Devine
    • 2
  1. 1.Memorial University, St. John’sCanada
  2. 2.Memorial University, St. John’sCanada

Bibliographic information