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The Globalizing Learning Economy$
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Daniele Archibugi and Bengt-Åke Lundvall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199258171.001.0001

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Social Exclusion in the Learning Economy

Social Exclusion in the Learning Economy

(p.163) 9 Social Exclusion in the Learning Economy
The Globalizing Learning Economy

Gerd Schienstock

Oxford University Press

An analysis is made of the impact that the emerging learning economy may have on the processes of social exclusion with the focus on the sphere of work, since employment is seen as the core of the social tie that links individuals within society. The first section of the chapter discusses globalization and the learning economy. Next, the changing patterns of (un)employment (flexible employment, as exemplified by part‐time work, temporary work, home‐working, and self employment) and career structure are addressed that are caused by global competition, moves towards a learning economy, individualization of work in the labour process, and restructuring. The next two sections address first, regional exclusion, and second, social exclusion arising directly from the learning economy as the result of the formation of a new underclass of workers whose knowledge can be codified and automated, so that they become unnecessary. The last three sections address the policy implications of social security, and individual‐targeted and general strategies for combating social exclusion.

Keywords:   careers, employment, learning economy, restructuring, social exclusion, unemployment, work

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