Work, Subjectivity and Learning

Understanding Learning through Working Life

  • Stephen Billett
  • Tara Fenwick
  • Margaret Somerville

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Stephen Billett
    Pages 1-20
  3. Henning Salling Olesen
    Pages 53-67
  4. Kathryn Church, Catherine Frazee, Teresa (Tracy) Luciani, Melanie Panitch, Patricia Seeley
    Pages 69-85
  5. Christian Harteis, Hans Gruber, Franz Lehner
    Pages 123-140
  6. Stephen Billett, Ray Smith
    Pages 141-156
  7. Anneli Eteläpelto, Jaana Saarinen
    Pages 157-177
  8. Richard Edwards, Katherine Nicoll
    Pages 179-193
  9. Catherine Casey
    Pages 229-245
  10. Tara Fenwick, Margaret Somerville
    Pages 247-265
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 267-275

About this book


In recent year, efforts to understand learning for and throughout working life have moved away from a focus on workplace training to concerns about learning as a component and outcome of engaging in work and work-related activities and interactions. This shift acknowledges a broader set of workplace factors that shape workers’ learning and development. Yet equally, it acknowledges that this learning through engagement is also necessarily shaped by the diverse ways that individuals elect to engage or participate in workplace activities. Central here is the issue of individuals’ subjectivity and how this is shaped by but shapes engagement in work and, therefore, what learning flows from their participation. It is in considering the relations among subjectivity, learning and work that it is possible to advance both the conceptual and procedural bases for understanding learning through and for working life. Moreover, the focus on relations among subjectivity, work and learning represents a point of convergence for diverse disciplinary traditions and practices that are provided by the book’s contributors. In this way, the contributions represent something of the emerging perspectives that are elaborating the complex relations among subjectivity, work and learning, and circumstances in which they are played out.


Gender learning lifelong learning organization subjectivity work working life workplace learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Billett
    • 1
  • Tara Fenwick
    • 2
  • Margaret Somerville
    • 3
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Monash UniversityGippsland, ArmidaleAustralia

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