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Communities of Practice

Critical Perspectives

Edited by Jason Hughes, Nick Jewson, Lorna Unwin

© 2008 – Routledge

200 pages

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About the Book

This benchmark text provides an accessible yet critical introduction to the theory and application of communities of practice and their use in a diverse range of managerial and professional contexts, from education to human resource development.

This book charts the development of the idea of communities of practice and explores the key relationship between learning and identity among:

  • newcomers and ‘old timers’
  • male and female workers
  • the low skilled and the high skilled
  • professionals and managers
  • adults and adolescents.

Drawing on international empirical studies and adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, this book is useful reading for all students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers with an interest in work, employment, labour markets, learning, training or education.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Communities of Practice - A Contested Concept in Flux? Jason Hughes, Nick Jewson and Lorna Unwin 2. Critiquing Theories of Learning and Communities of Practice Alison Fuller 3. Lost in Translation: Communities of Practice: The Journey from Academic Model to Practitioner Tool Jason Hughes 4. From Communities of Practice to Mycorrhizae Yrjö Engeström 5. Including the Missing Subject: Placing the Personal Within the Community Stephen Billett 6. Cultivating Network Analysis: Rethinking ‘Community’ within Communities of Practice Nick Jewson 7. Sport as a Community of Practice: The Coach - Athlete Relationship in British Professional Basketball Val Owen-Pugh 8. Becoming Adults via Communities of Practice: The Transition from Work to Adulthood John Goodwin 9. Apprenticeship From Past to Present: The Challenges and Consequences of Rampant ‘Community’ Diversity Lorna Unwin 10. Sexuality, Gender and Legitimate Peripheral Participation: An Ethnographic Study of a Call Centre Matthew Brannan 11. The Learning Trajectories of Old-Timers: Academic Identities and Communities of Practice in Higher Education Nalita James 12. Unemployment as a Community of Practice: Tales of Survival in the New Germany Vanessa Beck 13. Putting Virtual Communities of Practice in their Place: Changes in the Spatial Location of Work Nick Jewson 14. Conclusion: Further Developments and Unresolved Issues Jason Hughes, Nick Jewson and Lorna Unwin

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General