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Capitals and commitment. The case of a local learning and employment network.

Kamp, Annelies (2009) Capitals and commitment. The case of a local learning and employment network. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 30 (4). pp. 471-482. ISSN 0159-6306

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This article draws on research undertaken with a Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) in the state of Victoria, Australia. LLEN are networks that were implemented by the state government in 2001 to undertake community capacity building through which the outcomes of young people aged 15-19 in education, training and employment would be enhanced. In 2008, in the context of an enhanced federal commitment to social inclusion through ‘joining-up’, the Victorian experience provides insights on the implications of such policy initiatives. Drawing on Bourdieu’s discussion of the forms of capital and Granovetter’s notion of the strength of weak ties, I argue that stores of economic, cultural and social capital as outlined by Bourdieu were necessary, but insufficient, for LLEN to achieve the objectives with which they were charged given the failure of government to follow through on the implications of its policies. I argue for a commitment on the part of all stakeholders to realise the potential of ‘joining-up’.

Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:networks; post-compulsory education; transition; whole-of-government; whole-of-community; government collaboration; trust
Subjects:Social Sciences > Globalization
Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Public administration
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Education Studies
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Information:© 2009 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in "Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education" Vol. 30 no. 4. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education is available online at:
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:16247
Deposited On:12 Dec 2011 10:56 by Annelies Kamp. Last Modified 11 Oct 2012 14:04

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