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dc.contributor.authorFenwick, Taraen_UK
dc.description.abstractAbstract: This article focuses on the complex negotiations of critical workplace educators positioned amongst contradictory agendas and discourses in the workplace. While philosophically aligned with critical pedagogical agendas of transformation and collective action for workplace change, these educators perform an array of pedagogic articulations in everyday practice to secure their continued presence in the workplace. What becomes evident in these seemingly opposing articulations are various strategic political positionings of educators alongside their juggling of demands, attachments and inter-identifications with both learners and managers. The pedagogy that emerges challenges conventional binaries of ‘transformative’ and ‘reproductive’ learning. Dynamics of transformation and liberation as well as reproduction and subjugation appear to be interlinked, along with expanding nets of social relations that blur power hierarchies and spatial boundaries, in a pedagogy that ultimately appears to mobilise hope and agency among workers. The workplace educator works a delicate balance of these dynamics to survive. The argument is based on a case study of a garment factory in Canada in which an adult education programme managed to thrive for 17 years: both workers and educators were interviewed in depth.en_UK
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)en_UK
dc.relationFenwick T (2007) Tightrope walkers and solidarity sisters: critical workplace educators in the garment industry. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 26 (3), pp. 315-328.
dc.rightsPublished in International Journal of Lifelong Education by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in International Journal of Lifelong Education, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp. 315 - 328. International Journal of Lifelong Education is available online at:
dc.subjectworkplace learningen_UK
dc.subjectgarment worken_UK
dc.subjectcritical learningen_UK
dc.subjectEmployees Training ofen_UK
dc.subjectSustainable developmenten_UK
dc.titleTightrope walkers and solidarity sisters: critical workplace educators in the garment industryen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleInternational Journal of Lifelong Educationen_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorFenwick, Tara|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
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