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ERIC Number: EJ870379
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Capitals and Commitment: The Case of a Local Learning and Employment Network
Kamp, Annelies
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v30 n4 p471-482 Dec 2009
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". (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia