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Rentier Capitalism and Education: Arab Gulf States Compared with Canadian Indians

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For vastly different reasons, the predominance of external, unearned funding is characteristic of the economies of the Arab Gulf states and Canadian status Indians. The article draws parallels between the two – examining how rentier capitalism shapes and defines educational patterns and trends in similar directions. The findings suggest that rentier capitalism retards economic diversification, channelling educational participation in ways that ensure graduates are employed in the overdeveloped and unproductive public sector. In order to achieve self-government, Canadian status Indians need to break out of the rentier mentality, and acquire the skills and attitudes that bring success in a liberal market economy.
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Keywords: Arab Gulf states; Canada; Canadian status Indians; economic diversification; educational participation; rentier capitalism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Brandon University

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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