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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Taking Control

Power and Contradiction in First Nations Adult Education

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Taking Control

Power and Contradiction in First Nations Adult Education

Taking Control is a critical ethnography of the Native Education Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. It presents an intimate view of the centre, focusing on the ways that people who work there – First Nations students, board members, teachers, and non-Native teachers – talk about and put into practice their beliefs about First Nations control. As Michael Apple comments in the preface, their stories “provide concrete evidence of what can be accomplished when the complicated politics of education is taken seriously.”

299 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1: Approaching the Native Education Centre

1 The Place

2 Power, Culture, and Control

3 Doing Ethnography: Socially Constructing Reality

4 Historical Fragments: First Nations Control in British Columbia

5 Becoming: A History of the Native Education Centre

Part 2: the Everyday World of Taking Control

6 The People and the Place

7 The People and the Programs

8 Taking Control: What They Said

Part 3: Forming Knowledge, Creating Discourse

9 Contradiction, Power, and Control

Appendixes

Notes

References

Index

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