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Communities of practice: reinscribing globalised labour in workplace learning

Colley, Helen (2010) Communities of practice: reinscribing globalised labour in workplace learning. In: Connected Understanding: Linkages Between Theory and Practice in Adult Education Proceedings of the 29th National Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE). Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE)., pp. 63-67. ISBN 9781895306651

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Abstract

The concept of ‘communities of practice’ is widely used in workplace learning research. Whilst critiques have expanded its use in ways that claim more socially just approaches to workplace learning, a more critical analysis for change is needed. This paper draws on a case study of career guidance professionals’ work with young people, radically disturbed by new welfare-to-work policies. Their emotional and ethical labour reveals powerful processes of alienation, but also of resistance. Without reinscribing such aspects of globalized labour and capitalist power relations in workplace learning, ‘communities of practice’ remains a concept with a gaping hole in the middle.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Paper presented at the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) Conference 2010, Montréal, Canada, 29th May - 1st June 2010
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Policy Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 09:56
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 09:42
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/12722

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