Impact of deindustrialisation on education for working class

GROWING up in a former mining community, and through her own personal and professional experiences of schooling in the former coalfields, Dr Kat Simpson’s new book entitled Social Haunting, Education and the Working Class demonstrates her research interests in education and social class, especially the experiences of teachers and pupils in working-class communities.

Social Haunting, Education and the Working Class by Dr Kat Simpson

The impact of deindustrialisation

Based on a critical Marxist ethnography, conducted at a state primary school in a former coalmining community in the North of England, this book provides insight into teachers’ perceptions of the effects of deindustrialisation on education for the working class.

The book draws on the notion of social haunting to help understand the complex ways in which historical relations and performances, reflective of the community’s industrial past, continue to shape experiences and processes of schooling.

The arguments presented enable us to engage with the ‘goodness’ of the past as well as the pain and suffering associated with deindustrialisation. This, it is argued, enables teachers and pupils to engage with rhythms, relations, and performances that recognise the heritage and complexities of working-class culture.

The book recognises the importance of reckoning and harnessing with the fullness of ghosts, if schooling is to be refashioned in more encouraging and relational ways, with and for the working class.

This book is of particular interest to researchers, academics, and educators with an interest in the sociology of education, and social class and education in particular. Those interested in schooling, ethnography and qualitative social research will also benefit from the book.

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