From Labouring to Learning

Working-Class Masculinities, Education and De-Industrialization

  • Michael R. M. Ward

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


Highly Commended in the Society of Educational Studies Book Prize

This book explores how economic changes and the growing importance of educational qualifications in a shrinking labour market, particularly effects marginalized young men. It follows a group of young working-class men in a de-industrial community and challenges commonly held representations that often appear in the media and in policy discourses which portray them as feckless, out of control, educational failures and lacking aspiration. Ward argues that for a group of young men in a community of social and economic deprivation, expectations and transitions to adulthood are framed through the industrial legacy of geographically and historically shaped class and gender codes. These codes have an impact on what it means to be a man and what behaviour is deemed acceptable and what is not.


Young Masculinities Gender Education Working-class De-industrialization Crisis of Masculinity Ethnography Erving Goffman community education gender learning vocational education

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael R. M. Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.The Open UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Education Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-56132-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-44175-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-6445
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-6453
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