Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ivey, Allen E. (1933-)
Both of Allen Ivey's parents were born in near poverty during a time when there was no social safety net. Ivey's father's parents had emigrated from Kernow (also known as Cornwall), Great Britain, to the United States and Canada at the turn of the century. Ivey's grandfather died when his father was 9, leaving his grandmother as the sole provider for the family. On his English mother's side, his grandfather lost his inherited local paper due to compulsive gambling. His mother grew up without money for shoes and for required books for school. From his parents' painful childhood experiences, Ivey gained a sense of economic oppression and injustice. Ivey considers himself bicultural, growing up and navigating through his English and Cornish roots, which were not always compatible in their messages with respect to education and achievement. Ivey grew up in a small house attached to the family store in rural ...