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Roehampton University Research Repository > Education > Department of Education Collection > Coping collectively: the formation of a teacher self-help group

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Title: Coping collectively: the formation of a teacher self-help group
Authors: Troman, Geoff
Citation: British Journal of Sociology of Education, Volume 24, Issue 2 April 2003 , pages 145 - 157
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: British Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue Date: Apr-2003
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425690301903
DOI: 10.1080/01425690301903
Abstract: Some social movements theorists argue that contemporary social movements such as pressure groups and support groups are increasingly fulfilling the protest function of political parties and trades unions in post-industrial societies. Furthermore, these social, cultural, emotional and economic developments are occurring on a global scale. This article is an ethnographic account of teachers in an English local education authority who formed a self-help group for what they perceived to be 'bullied' (i.e. abused in the workplace) local authority and private sector employees. This was a mode of collective rather than individual coping. The identity work involved in self-renewal for these workers was a collective, social and political process, involving networking with other similar individuals and groups nationally. I argue that, given the decline in trades union powers, the teachers can be considered to be reinventing collectivity and collective protest. And the self-help group studied is not fundamentally different in character to labour movements of the past.
Type: Article
Language: en
ISSN: 0142-5692
1465-3346
Appears in Collections: Department of Education Collection

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