Hidden Knowledge: Organized Labor in the Information Age

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This book offers an original contribution to understanding an often-ignored aspect of our knowledge society and the much-heralded 'knowledge-based economy.' It decisively explodes the dual myths that working-class adults have inferior learning capacities and that talented youths naturally leave blue-collar careers. Livingstone and Sawchuk document the genuine learning practices of working-class people in unprecedented detail, using richly textured accounts of prior school experiences; current adult education course participation; and a wide array of learning resources in paid workplaces, households, and community settings. The authors criticize dominant theories of learning and work and develop an alternative explanation of working-class adult learning. Their analysis, grounded in the specific practices of everyday life, pays careful attention to the ways in which differential economic power, labor processes, sectoral contexts, union cultures, and access to organized educational resources shape individual and collective learning activities. The book also provides a reflective discussion of research processes suitable for democratic knowledge production in partnership with workers and their organizations, as well as workers' own practical recommendations for changes in learning and work relations.

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D. W. Livingstone is head of the Centre for the Study of Education and Work and professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto. Peter H. Sawchuk is professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, the University of Toronto.

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