A Ministry of Enthusiasm: Centenary Essays on the Workers' Educational Assoc

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Steven K. Roberts
Pluto Press, Mar 20, 2003 - Business & Economics - 326 pages
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With contributions from practitioners and scholars in adult education, 'A Ministry of Enthusiasm' sets the WEA in its historical and social context, tracing its development, and asks key questions about the provision of adult education today. Has it become a middle-class movement? Is it an instrument of social change or is it an academic institution along classical lines? Is it an autonomous voluntary organisation or has it become an arm of the state educational service? The contributors provide answers to these questions from a variety of perspectives.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The WEA The Foundation and the Founder
12
Battersea and the Formation of the Workers Educational
26
R H Tawney and the WEA
59
The Evolution of the WEA in the West Midlands 190526
77
The Friends and Enemies of the WEA
97
The National Association
111
The WEA in Wartime
131
The WEA and Workers Education
198
Womens Involvement in the WEA and Womens
215
Literature Cultural Studies and the WEA
238
Workplace
259
WEA Values in the Twentyfirst Century
274
WEA Voices
292
Notes on Contributors
312
Copyright

The WEA and the Politics
176

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As a professional historian, Stephen K. Roberts is currently an Editor with the History of Parliament Trust, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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