Set for Life: Registers of Responsibility in Canada’s Diamond Basin

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Lindsay A. Bell, University of Toronto, presents a free lecture about how industry training programs attempt to socialize aboriginal residents into specific resource temporalities and the multiple ways in which trainees embrace, reject, and reconfigure them in light of their own circumstances, histories, and desired futures. Particular attention is paid to the role of “soft skills” in preparing would-be workers for the job market. With only one of ninety students placed in a high-paying job at the program’s completion, Bell shows how moralizing dimensions of classroom text and talk serve as “registers of responsibility,” which remap structural instabilities of resource development onto individuals’ future aspirations.

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