Learning from retrenchment: local textile workers redefine themselves after global restructuring

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Keating, Maree (2010) Learning from retrenchment: local textile workers redefine themselves after global restructuring. PhD thesis, RMIT.


This thesis analyses the ways in which recent changes in the global field of work have resonated in the lives of one group of retrenched workers. In order to conceptualise the relationships between changing conditions and changes in individual lives, the author has drawn from the work of sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Of particular importance to the study are his notions of the ‘habitus’, the ‘field’ and the ’disposition’. The research focuses on workers leaving the textile industry, in which a diversity of individual ‘dispositions’ once flourished as part of another system or work ‘habitus’. This allows examination of how changing conditions of work have generated specific transformative possibilities for workers at the lower end of the economy. The author asks what transformations were undergone in the lives of seventeen retrenched textile workers and how adequately their learning process was supported by vocational education and training.

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Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8622
Official URL http://researchbank.rmit.edu.au/view/rmit:9748
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Keywords ResPubID21452, vocational education, textile, textiles, sociology
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