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LRDG: Vicky Duckworth's book launch, Learning Trajectories, Violence and Empowerment amongst Adult Basic Skills Learners

Date: 18 February 2014 Time: 1.00-2.00 pm

Venue: C89, County South, Lancaster University

In this session we will be launching Vicky Duckworth's book (Edge Hill University), recently published by Routledge and based on her PhD research at Lancaster.

Learning Trajectories, Violence and Empowerment amongst Adult Basic Skills Learners offers deep insights into the lives of marginalised communities and the link between learning, literacy and violence, not previously carried out in-depth in a small scale study. It breaks the negative stereo-types of adults who struggle to read and write, who are often labelled and stigmatised by dominant discourses, and in doing so exposes why and how Basic Skills Learners often find themselves in marginal positions. The structural inequalities many face from childhood to adulthood across the private and public domains of their lives are revealed and probed, thus challenging neo-liberalism claims of an apparently egalitarian social field. The learners' narratives expose the contradiction, complexities and ambivalences they experience in their daily lives, and how they try to make sense of them from their structural positioning as basic skills learners in a society based on inequality of opportunity and choice.

To celebrate the publication of this book two or three people will briefly speak about their reactions to the book and Vicky will talk for 10 minutes about the process of researching and writing it. We will then open the discussion and drinks will be provided.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Mary Hamilton, Murray Saunders

Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Adult basic education, Adult learning, Literacy, Social class


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