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Learning through social spaces: migrant women and lifelong learning in post-colonial London

Jackson, Sue (2010) Learning through social spaces: migrant women and lifelong learning in post-colonial London. International Journal of Lifelong Education 29 (2), pp. 237-253. ISSN 0260-1370.

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This article shows how migrant women engage in learning through social spaces. It argues that such spaces are little recognised, and that there are multiple ways in which migrant women construct and negotiate their informal learning through socialising with other women in different informal modes. Additionally, the article shows how learning is shaped by the socio-political, geographical and multicultural context of living in London, outlining ways in which gendered and racialised identities shape, construct and constrain participation in lifelong learning. The article shows that one way in which migrant women resist (post)colonial constructions of difference is by engaging in informal and non-formal lifelong learning, arguing that the benefits are (at least) two-fold. The women develop skills (including language skills) but also use their informal learning to develop what is referred to in this article as 'relational capital'. The article concludes that informal lifelong learning developed through social spaces can enhance a sense of belonging for migrant women.

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School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > SSHP Administration
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Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2010 14:37
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