Journal article

Ways of doing, ways of being: Language, education and ‘working’ identities

L Farrell

Language and Education | Published : 2000


Workplace language education has assumed new prominence in restructuring workplaces where textual practice has become the ‘new work practice’ and learning ‘the new form of labour’. This paper begins by exploring the ways in which working identities are discursively constructed in contemporary workplaces, arguing that the construction of new kinds of working identities is a primary function of the contemporary workplace, a function mandated by global discourses of ‘Quality management’ and mediated by workplace educators at local sites. However, while workers are largely unable to escape these new identities (if they should want to do so) they do not simply relinquish the old to ‘ take up’ the..

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