Social Control and the Education of Adults in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Author: J. Jeffrey Robinson BrownWalker Press 2013
HISTORY AND SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION
An almost universal concern of the Victorian governing classes was with the question
of social control: how to deflect a largely uneducated working class from their inevitable
challenge to the centres of power, accepted value systems and existing authority
structures. The fear in which the masses were held by the middle and upper classes
came to dominate access to education or, more accurately, to what they defined as
‘useful knowledge,’ since this was designed to instil the values of a just and ordered
This book addresses the role of the providers of education alongside the responses
of those for whom it was intended. It discusses the provision of educational initiatives
and the frequent attenuation of their founding objectives. It assesses the utility
of the strategies of power and control adopted by the providers in order to maintain
an upper class ideology.
Though evidence is discussed in a national context it is supported by additional
data from a rural county both for the purpose of comparative analysis and in order
to add character and hear the true voice of the men and women involved.